The Culture of Respect Collective is an interactive online platform that guides college stakeholders through a step-by-step program to improve their institutional efforts to prevent and respond to campus sexual violence. The program is grounded in a comprehensive self-assessment, and includes collaboration with peers across the nation, technical assistance from Culture of Respect staff, and ongoing professional development.
About Culture of Respect
Culture of Respect helps colleges and universities strengthen their sexual assault prevention and response efforts. We offer higher education leaders a six-point strategic roadmap, the CORE Blueprint, that engages all constituent groups – students, parents, faculty, administrators, health professionals, athletes and more – in implementing the leading practices to shift campus culture to one free from sexual violence.
Understanding that each campus maintains a diverse student population and unique infrastructure, systems, and traditions, a “one-size-fits-all” approach to campus sexual violence cannot be the answer. The CORE Blueprint is prescriptive in its broad strategy while flexible in specific implementation, with its unique combination of approaches able to be tailored to fit the specific needs of any institution. Together, the CORE Blueprint and accompanying self-assessment, the CORE Evaluation, provide an actionable framework for each institution to integrate the highest standards and promising approaches to sexual violence prevention and response on campus.
The CORE Blueprint’s Six Pillars provide institutions a comprehensive, holistic framework for creating a Culture of Respect. To do so, an institution must provide:
- Positive survivor support with options on reporting;
- Clear policies on campus investigation, adjudication and sanctions;
- Robust, multitiered education for the entire campus;
- Public disclosure of statistics and information;
- Schoolwide mobilization in partnership with campus organizations and student leaders; and
- Ongoing self-assessment.
The CORE Blueprint Pilot Program
More than 150 colleges and universities have accessed the CORE Blueprint and CORE Evaluation since they launched in October 2014. Feedback from institutions called for additional support in realizing a strategic, comprehensive approach to preventing campus sexual assault. Responding to this need, Culture of Respect created the CORE Blueprint Pilot Program, a rigorous implementation of the CORE Blueprint and CORE Evaluation on 14 select campuses nationwide.
Coupled with a research project, the program:
- Gave each participating college and university one-on-one support to implement the CORE Blueprint
- Measured the Pilot Program schools’ progress towards comprehensively addressing campus sexual assault
- Served as an innovative model that can be replicated at colleges and universities nationwide
The Pilot Program commenced in summer 2015. Participating institutions used the CORE Blueprint and CORE Evaluation, along with support and training through Culture of Respect, to build their capacity in all Six Pillars while engaging in an ongoing process of feedback and reflection. A final report detailing the Pilot Program experience, including its process, benefits, challenges, lessons learned, and findings will be available on Culture of Respect's website.
The Culture of Respect Collective will follow the steps taken by the Pilot Program via an online, interactive platform with one-on-one support and technical assistance. For additional information about the Pilot and the Collective, visit Culture of Respect's website.
How does my institution apply to be part of the Collective?
Complete the application below, including the signed Terms of Participation. Applications will NOT be considered without a completed Terms of Participation.
How can I download the Terms of Participation?
The Terms of Participation are available at the end of the application and can also be downloaded here: (http://archive.naspa.org/files/CultureofRespect_Collective_Terms_of_Participation09_23_161.pdf)
When is the application due?
The application must be received by 11:59 pm EST October 21, 2016.
When will my institution be informed if they have received a space in the Collective?
Notifications will be sent to the main point of contact identified in the application in early November 2016.
Who will be providing the one-on-one support and expert technical assistance (TA) for my institution?
Support and TA will be provided by the Culture of Respect staff (senior director Allison Tombros Korman) and Advisory Board. The staff and advisors are fully immersed in the topic of campus sexual violence and have significant technical experience, as well as a rich understanding of how the Culture of Respect approach can truly effect change on campuses.
What data does Culture of Respect have to support the effectiveness of this approach?
In summer 2016, Culture of Respect concluded a year-long Pilot Program with 14 institutions of higher education nationwide. The results of the Pilot Program will be available in the coming weeks on the website.
Why should our school apply to be in the Collective?
Addressing campus sexual violence is a task that requires a comprehensive look at policies and procedures across the university. The Culture of Respect Collective will guide you through a process to help assess strengths and weaknesses in your current approach. Then, we'll help you craft a plan that is responsive to your campus' needs. As you implement the plan we'll hold you accountable to deadlines, provide training on key topics, and connect you to resources in the field. You'll not only receive support in implementing expert-recommended practices, but you'll be part of a movement of schools who are working together to address sexual violence nationwide.
We are already working hard on this subject. Do you really think the Collective is useful to us?
Absolutely. Some of the most engaged and successful participants of the Pilot program were simultaneously working on other campus violence grants. They reported that the CORE Blueprint program provided them with the structure and the tools to review policies and practices with a holistic lens and to truly engage all stakeholders in the work to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Whatever your current approach to addressing campus sexual violence is, the Collective will help support and enhance your efforts. The program can be especially helpful in supporting your Title IX Coordinator's professional development in this rapidly-evolving field.
How does the Culture of Respect CORE Evaluation self-assessment differ from a climate survey?
Self-assessment is different than climate surveys, but the two can and should be used to complement each other. A self-assessment serves as an audit of a school’s prevention and responses efforts to address campus sexual violence. Climate surveys are intended to understand the scope and extent of sexual violence on campus. Together, these two efforts can provide administrators with the tools and knowledge to enact a meaningful campus-based response to sexual violence.
We are applying to be part of the It's On Us Campus Innovation Program and we understand that Culture of Respect is part of that. How does that work?
Participating institutions may join the Collective through the It's On Us Campus Innovation Program (CIP) or by applying directly through NASPA/Culture of Respect. The CIP includes access to the Collective and CORE Constructs, as well as student engagement and leadership training, usage of creative content, and other benefits (see the It's On Us program information for more details). If an institution applies to be part of the CIP, they do not need to complete this additional application, although they will be ask to return the completed Terms of Participation before they receive access to the Collective and CORE Constructs. Institutions participating in CIP will pay for both programs through payment to It's On Us. Additional questions? Contact Allison Tombros Korman.
How long does the Collective run?
While we see the effort to address campus sexual violence as an on-going and iterative process, the program cycle for the Collective is two years, including time for start-up, implementation, assessment, and close-out. This program length is based on feedback from our Pilot schools, who wanted more time than the one year under the Pilot to execute their Individualized Implementation Plans.
What is the cost of joining the Collective?
The cost of participating in the two-year Collective is as follows for NASPA members:
- Year one: $3,500*
- Year two: $1,500
The cost of participating in the two-year Collective is as follows for NASPA non-members:
- Year one: $3,700*
- Year two: $1,700
*Includes access to CORE Constructs, a suite of tools organized around the Six Pillars of the CORE Blueprint and designed to supplement implementation.
Contact Culture of Respect senior director Allison Tombros Korman at firstname.lastname@example.org.