Colleges & Universities

MCASA College Sexual Assault Policy Project: 

As of May 2015, MCASA has a new College Sexual Assault Policy Project supported by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. This project will help colleges address sexual assault through policy development, training, and technical assistance.

Last year, Maryland’s General Assembly enacted a law that requires colleges and universities to pursue agreements with local sexual assault programs (rape crisis and recovery centers) or MCASA, and to pursue agreements with local law enforcement agencies. A primary goal of MCASA’s College Sexual Assault Policy Project has been to develop model agreements, or Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), to assist colleges and universities in complying with the new law.

The model agreements broadly follow the language of the national models produced by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The MCASA models are tailored and streamlined to meet Maryland’s needs and reflect local priorities. Accompanying the agreements are annotated “roadmaps”, which provide additional explanations and detail factors to be considered when editing the agreements to meet local needs. These four documents are available below:

Model MOU Language between Rape Crisis and Recovery Centers and Institutions of Higher Education

Roadmap for Developing Agreements between Rape Crisis and Recovery Centers and Institutions of Higher Education

Model MOU Language between Local Law Enforcement Agencies and Institutions of Higher Education

Roadmap for Developing Agreements between Local Law Enforcement Agencies and Institutions of Higher Education

For Word Document versions of the Model MOUs, please contact info@mcasa.org.

MCASA’s College Consortium

In the spring of 2001, the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) established the College Consortium to address sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. The consortium is a statewide network of college staff and other professionals that works collectively to prevent violence and respond to the needs of victim-survivors on Maryland campuses.

Our Goals:

  • To ensure fairness for all Maryland students and promote justice for student survivors statewide.
  • To improve student-survivors’ access to quality, compassionate care by supporting colleges and universities in their efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking.
  • To develop effective and comprehensive prevention programs that address sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking.
  • To develop inclusive prevention and response programs that build schools’ cultural competence in serving their diverse student populations, including LGBTQ students, students of color, low-income and/or first-generation students, and students with disabilities.
  • To educate our colleagues at peer institutions by sharing prevention strategies and resources that will lead to the elimination of sexual violence on campuses.
  • To improve schools’ responses to sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking through the development and maintenance of campus and community resource networks, including collaboration between schools and their local Rape Crisis Centers as well as other local organizations..
  • To provide a forum for schools to share best practices and survivor-centered policies and procedures related to campus sexual violence response.

 

The MCASA College Consortium project provides an opportunity for every campus in Maryland to develop effective policies and protocols that demonstrate to every student that:

  • Sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking are preventable.
  • Violence will not be tolerated.
  • All community members can serve as proactive bystanders.
  • Sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking are crimes with serious legal consequences.
  • Victims and survivors of sexual assault will have access to comprehensive and confidential services, including immediate advocacy, medical care, and counseling services, as well as timely legal services.

To learn more about membership, please visit the College Consortium web page.

Colleges and Universities Resources and Links:

 

To learn more about future events and training for colleges around Maryland, please visit the upcoming events web page.

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