The Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments (CLASE) initiative was launched in Fall 2015 with support from The University of Texas System Board of Regents in an effort to learn about students’ experiences with sexual harassment, stalking, dating/domestic abuse and violence, and unwanted sexual contact since enrollment, and examine students’ perceptions of institutional response and safety on campus.
The CLASE initiative is an ongoing, comprehensive, scientific effort designed to empower all UT System institutions to be free from intimate and interpersonal violence. The initiative is unprecedented in its scope, duration, and depth of understanding on the issues of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence/domestic violence, and stalking that UT System students may face. The goals of the CLASE initiative are:
- Increase student safety and well-being by improving programs and services for students;
- Reduce acts of sexual harassment, stalking, dating/domestic abuse and violence, and unwanted sexual contact at UT institutions; and
- Benchmark prevalence at all UT System institutions.
Prevalence and Perceptions Study
In May 2015, The University of Texas System Board of Regents funded CLASE 1.0, a four-year action research project to better understand students’ experiences and perceptions about sexual assault and misconduct with the goal of increasing students’ safety and well-being. (Misconduct includes issues protected under Title IX: sexual harassment, stalking, dating/domestic abuse and violence, and unwanted sexual contact.) The primary deliverable of CLASE 1.0 was a system-wide prevalence and perception survey completed in March 2017…
Health Institution Custom Curriculum
As part of the CLASE 2.0, IDVSA worked in partnership with UT System Health Consortium representatives to create a useful and practical teaching tool and resource for professionals working within health institutions settings. This may include a Title IX Coordinator, health institution president, communication director, medical faculty, and any number of other professionals in health institutions.…
As part of CLASE, IDVSA conducted a Restorative Justice (RJ) Pilot Intervention & Evaluation project. This programming included training and conflict resolution intervention that addresses repairing harm(s). RJ provides innovative interventions and prevention programming for the campus ecosystem, applicable for all disciplines, and processes (i.e. roommate disputes, authorship conflicts or disagreements, and other situations, etc.), as determined by leaders, campus needs, and readiness.
Ongoing Research & Programming
Additional and ongoing projects include a four-year cohort study at UT Austin. CLASE 2.0 brings together interdisciplinary thought leaders, researchers, and representatives from multiple campuses around the country to integrate research finding into ongoing and innovative programming, thereby increasing student safety…