Each year, UTSA students, faculty and staff collaborate to organize university-wide awareness campaigns that encourage personal safety. These initiatives educate the campus community about strategies to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault. They also encourage members of the UTSA community to serve as active bystanders by recognizing potentially harmful situations and responding in a way that could positively influence the outcome of those situations. Programming includes:
Beaks Up. Speak Up.
This UTSA initiative coordinates and provides bystander education opportunities to students, faculty and staff through training, other programs and social media. Beaks Up. Speak Up. teaches students how to recognize a harmful situation and how to respond in a way that could positively influence the outcome of that situation. Learn more at www.utsa.edu/beaksup/ or 210-458-4136.
Bringing in the Bystander ©
Bringing in the Bystander is an evidence based, peer to peer, Bystander intervention training that originated from the University of New Hampshire. The program is designed to increase the individual skills as well as the willingness and confidence of individuals to recognize potential harm, choose to respond, and take action to positively influence the outcome for someone else.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Various UTSA departments collaborate each April to participate in this nationwide event by hosting activities that promote sexual assault awareness and prevention. Events include tabling events in high traffic areas of campus, workshops, film screenings, discussion groups, social norming campaigns, social media outreach, photo booths and collaboration with registered student organizations. Learn more at www.utsa.edu/utsapd/ or 210-458-6974.
Call to Action Day
Each April, UTSA raises awareness of sexual violence prevention through Call to Action Day, a university-wide educational fair. Attendees can ask questions about sexual harassment and sexual assault, obtain information about sexual violence and make a pledge to become an active bystander. Learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-458-6974.
Take Back the Night
Each fall, UTSA participates in Take Back the Night, a gender-inclusive experience to help college students take back the night and stop intimate and interpersonal violence on campus. At UTSA, Take Back the Night programming encourages students to prevent sexual assault and dating/domestic violence while promoting community resources. Learn more at education.utsa.edu/womens-studies/ or call 210-458-6277.
National Night Out
This annual fall event aims to decrease crime and increase safety awareness. It features crime prevention information tables, games, food and entertainment. Learn more at www.utsa.edu/utsapd/ or 210-458-4242.
One Love Foundation – UTSA Athletics
Athletics has partnered with the One Love Foundation to lead awareness initiatives. Campaigns include the #That’sNotLove Campaign which highlights healthy relationship habits. Student-athletes staff the #That’sNotLove table at the UTSA Call to Action Day and encouraged the campus community to write relationship habits and then post them at the table and in social media.
Party on the Paseo
Party on the Paseo is an alcohol and drug resource program that seeks to offer an alcohol free alternative event for students during the city of San Antonio's annual FIESTA celebration.
Rowdy Wing Fling
Rowdy Wing Fling is an alcohol and drug resource program that specifically targets first year students. The purpose is to raise awareness of the resources available to students, both on and off campus, during the first six weeks of school.
Safety Escort Program
Uniformed UTSA PD staff provide escorts around the clock upon request from anywhere on campus to any other location on campus. Request an escort at 210-458-4242.
Whistle Defense Program
This campus-wide safety program is based on the use of whistles to alert patrol officers, students, faculty and staff that an immediate threat is nearby or a crime is in progress, with the hope of diffusion. Learn more or request a keychain whistle at www.utsa.edu/utsapd/ or 210-458-6250.
Silent Witness Program
This campus program allows individuals to make a confidential crime report to the UTSA Police Department as a silent witness. Learn more at www.utsa.edu/utsapd/ or 210-458-4242.