Crime Awareness and Prevention Programs
Clark's programs for students begin at orientation and continue throughout the year in a range of sessions sponsored by the residential housing staff, University Police and student groups. All first-year and transfer students are encouraged to attend a session on safety and security, led by a crime prevention team of University Police officers. The sessions cover the kinds of precautions students should take in a city environment, reminders of common sense measures that they should follow regularly, information on sexual assault awareness and an introduction to security services that Clark provides.
University Police, working in conjunction with other campus offices, also offer occasional public promotions designed to increase use of the Escort Service.
University Police, at times, offer the Rape Aggression Defense program (RAD). RAD is a common-sense, hands-on approach to educating students about how to avoid dangerous situations and how to better protect themselves in an emergency.
University Police occasionally offer the "Second Chance" program, an effort to warn students and employees who put themselves in dangerous situations, especially walking alone at night. As part of the program, officers identify and approach people whose behavior has placed them in potentially dangerous situations. The officers identify themselves, hand out fact sheets explaining the dangers of walking alone at night and encourage people to call the Escort Service.
The chief of police maintains close contact with groups concerned about campus security issues. He meets periodically with representatives of the student newspaper and members of other student groups.
Throughout the year, every residence hall has at least one safety and security session each semester on subjects such as assault prevention, sexual assault, substance abuse, and emergency procedures. Also important are programs presented by the Dean of Students office to promote awareness of alcohol and drugs as a potential threat to student safety.
Official University publications, including The Undergraduate Student Handbook, the Clark University student handbook, outline University policies regulating undergraduate student conduct. The Undergraduate Student Handbook is distributed to all students, both commuters and residents, and includes information about disciplinary actions that result from violations of University policy. The Undergraduate Student Handbook spells out policies that prohibit the illegal use of alcohol or other drugs, disorderly conduct, harassment of others, hazing or other behavior by which a student might injure himself, herself or another.
University Police works closely with the Clark Anti-Violence Education (CAVE) Program, which was launched in July of 2009 on the Clark University campus. This program is directed by two members of the Clark psychology department, and is funded by generous grants from the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education. The mission of CAVE is to educate about, prevent, and intervene in instances of sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Clark University understands that sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking are serious problems among college students, and through the CAVE program, Clark is taking a proactive stance in preventing these problems. Each fall, the CAVE program sponsors the Week One orientation program for incoming students called "Bringing in the Bystander," the purpose of which is to educate students about dating violence and sexual assault, and teach them how to properly and safely intervene before, during, and after instances of dating violence or sexual assault that they may witness or that may involve someone they know. The CAVE program also sponsors ongoing educational and prevention programs throughout the year, including bystander programming for RAs, orientation leaders, and athletes; bringing in guest speakers to discuss these issues with interested groups, such as athletes, LGBT groups, international students, etc.; working closely with Daybreak, the Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts, and New Hope Domestic Violence Services, to bring educational, prevention, and intervention programs to campus; and working closely with campus leaders and authorities to develop and administer effective policies and programs at Clark University. CAVE also offers free advice, advocacy, and treatment to victims, survivors, and their friends.