Compliance, Conduct & Inclusion Programming
The Office of Compliance, Conduct & Inclusion (OCCI) is committed to providing education and awareness programs and initiatives for the campus community. OCCI coordinates the participation of collaborative partners in many events.
CAVS BEFORE ONE MORE (CBOM)
The Cavs Before One More initiative began in 2016 with support through a grant from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s Education & Prevention Section. Focusing on alcohol awareness, events are held in the fall for Safe Homecoming and Safe Halloween, and in the spring for Safe Spring Break. Various campus and regional groups collaborate with these events and initiatives.
OCCI leads fall and spring Gordie events including National GORDIE Day during National Hazing Prevention Week each September that offer giveaways, educational BAC cards and posters, documentary viewings, and more. Events are often collaborations with the Cavs Before One More campaign, and include other campus and regional supporters.
The Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, housed at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, provides programs and materials focused on reduction of hazardous drinking and hazing, as well as bystander/peer intervention strategies. Gordie Bailey was a freshman at the University of Colorado who died to alcohol overdose after a fraternity hazing ritual in 2004.
The It’s On Us campaign is a collaboration between the US Department of Education and Civic Nation. The campaign focus on education, engagement, and empowerment of students to end sexual assault. The three core pillars are consent education, increasing bystander intervention and a supportive survivor environment. Check out our campaign PSA. Learn more about the overall campaign.
NATIONAL CAMPUS SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH (NCSAM)
OCCI promotes campus safety awareness throughout the month of September in support of National Campus Safety Awareness Month. NCSAM encourages higher education institutions to develop educational resources, opportunities and events about the positive power of a safe campus environment. Check out our 2017 NCSAM events.
NOTES ON IX
On the 9th of every month, OCCI distributes a campus-wide email – Notes on IX – highlighting facts, tips, myths, and more based on our College sexual misconduct policy and federal Title IX guidelines.
RED FLAG CAMPAIGN (RFC)
UVa-Wise has been a Red Flag Campaign partner school since 2015 and hosts a series of awareness events each October, including the release of awareness PSAs (1 | 2 | 3). The RFC is a project of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, and is a bystander intervention strategy to address and prevent sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking on college campuses. The RFC encourages friends and other campus community members to “say something” when they see warning signs, or “red flags,” for sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking in a friend’s relationship. Several Fall 2017 events are planned.
SEE SOMETHING. SAY SOMETHING.
OCCI has adopted the “See Something. Say Something.” slogan to promote being an active bystander. OCCI reminds UVa-Wise community members that we have a responsibility to take care of one another, be respectful of one another, and step up when necessary. Watch our promotional PSA.
SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS WEEK (SAAW) / TAKE BACK THE NIGHT (TBTN)
OCCI coordinates a variety of awareness events each April to education the campus community about sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. Events include lectures, educational emails and flyers, documentary screenings, and more. New in 2017 were Team Up 4 Teal events at home softball and lacrosse games during SAAW in which teams sported teal ribbons and OCCI distributed ribbons and education materials to fans. Several Spring 2018 events are planned.
For the past few years, SAAW has also included the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance’s Silent Witness Virginia: A Visual Memorial. Life-size red silhouettes are displayed around campus, sharing the story of a Virginian killed in a domestic violence homicide.
The SAAW feature event is Take Back the Night – a sexual violence education and awareness event featuring a keynote address, educational displays, campus march, and a candlelight vigil. Immediately following TBTN in 2018, campus partners assembled 150 Cavs Care Kits containing hygiene and personal items for child abuse victims served by the Southwest Virginia Children’s Advocacy Center. In 2017, a Fear 2 Freedom packing party assembled personal care kits for campus and regional sexual assault victims.