Dean of Students

Graduate Student Safety and Support

Do you ever wonder if it’s OK to say no to a request from your advisor?  Have you ever felt uncomfortable around a colleague, student, or supervisor?  You may know how to stop a stranger on a bus from touching you, but what about someone you have to work with for the next few months or years?

Grad Student Studying in the Law Library

Would You Speak Up?

What would you do if someone you wanted to hook up with wouldn’t stop bugging you for sexual texts or photos?  What if you saw someone at a party at your house rubbing up against people without their consent?  Would you speak up? What could you say?

three students are taking pictures in front of a blackboard

Walking Alone At Night

It’s late. You’re studying for finals, so it’s only going to get later.  What’s your plan for walking home after dark?  Is it dangerous?  Is it safer to talk on your phone (so a friend knows where you are) or not to (so you’re more aware of your surroundings)?

The Arch at Night

Why Women’s Safety “Tips” Don’t Work

Women are often targeted for safety “tips” for avoiding sexual assault that are patronizing, impossible to implement, and rely entirely on false information about risk reduction.   How can students identify what really works?

Women Students on Campus

What Your Body Language Says to YOU

You’ve probably seen body language “experts” on TV talking about how to interpret someone else’s posture, eye contact, or gestures.  But have you ever thought about the messages that your body language sends to you?

Amy Cuddy & Wonder Woman

Keep Spring Break Fun and Safe

No matter what your Spring Break plans – you definitely don’t want to wake up your first day back more stressed, exhausted or overwhelmed than when you left.  To make sure you get what you want out of Spring Break, here are some important safety considerations to keep in mind, whether at home, on the beach, in the big city, or abroad. 

sunny beach

Being an Active Bystander

What would you do if you saw someone at a party, in a class, or at your job touching women without their consent and making them uncomfortable?  Do you know what you would say?  What if you spoke up but they ignored you?  What if they got mad?  What if they grabbed you? 

Minnie's ICC Co-op

Setting Boundaries: When to say yes and when to say no

This year a number of my friends made resolutions to “only say yes to those activities I really want to do” or “to only take on the number of projects I can handle without driving myself nuts.”  Most students I know are in the same boat - planning to conquer about 1,000 projects this year - which is guaranteed to leave us feeling like frantic failures.

Saying Yes & Saying No includes setting boundaries with friends