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Prevention and Education

Drake offers a number of prevention and educational resources related to sexual and interpersonal misconduct available to faculty, staff, students, and student organizations. Consider participating in one of the existing programs or speak with any of the following offices about customizing a program for a particular audience or event.

For prevention and awareness education, contact Lynne Cornelius, Violence Prevention Coordinator.  She can create a presentation or discussion for your group, department, class, or organization covering everything from healthy relationships to consent, intervention, and support. Visit the Violence Prevention and Programming website to learn more about what is available.  A few of the regular programs the office coordinates include:

  • Everfi's Sexual Assault Prevention program is interactive and designed to help inform and educate students on sexual violence, consent, and bystander intervention. All incoming Drake students must participate in the program. The results from previoust years are positive and taught us, in particular, that:
    • 86% of participating Drake students would take action in a situation in which someone was taking advantage of someone sexually; and
    • 95% of participating Drake students would respect someone who intervened to stop sexual violence.
  • Mentors in Violence Prevention: The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Training Program motivates students to play a central role in preventing gender violence through scenario building sessions & active bystander skills development. Topics to choose from include: sexual assault/consent; dating violence; homophobia; sexual/cyber harassment.
  • Health, Inclusion, and Relationship Officers: Drake‚Äôs Greek Life is committed to creating a safer campus community. A new collaboration between Drake's Greek Life and Violence Prevention Office called Health, Inclusion and Relationship Officers (HIRO) is working to further this commitment. Each Greek chapter will  have a designated HIRO who facilitates conversations about consent, healthy relationships, gender norms, and other violence prevention topics as well as mental health, substance abuse, equity and inclusion. 
  • Raise the Bar: Raise the Bar is a partnership between Drake University and Employee and Family Resources and local bars and restaurants. Through this partnership we hope to train bar staff on responsible serving and bystander intervention related to intimate partner and sexual violence.  

For education on reporting and compliance under Title IX, contact Drake's Title IX Coordinator.  The Title IX Coordinator can speak with your group, department, class, or organization about rights and obligations under Title IX, including how to file a report or find resources and what to do if you learn about sexual or interpersonal misconduct.

Faculty and staff can receive additional training and education through Human Resources.  

  • Prevent Sexual Violence Together (Title IX)
  • Prevent Discrimination and Harassment Together (Title VII/workplace harassment)
  • Clery Training for campus security authorities

Education and Training for Title IX Adjudicators

Investigators, adjudicators and other personnel involved in the process of investigating, responding, coordinating or otherwise assisting in the adjudication of complaints of sexual harassment will receive training as required on the topics of 1) impartiality, 2) avoiding prejudgment of facts at issue, 3) conflicts of interest and bias, 4) the University's grievance process, 5) issues of relevance and evidence, 6) the scope of the University's educational programs and activities, and 7) types of sexual harassment. University investigators will also be trained in writing investigation reports and decision-makers will be trained in conducting hearings, writing decisions and the technology used in hearings.  The following materials were utilized to ensure that the above mentioned relevant personnel have been trained on issues related to sesxual harassment and are taught how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the rights, well-being, and safety of the parties, provides an equitable process for all parties involved, and promotes accountability.

Report to Title IX*
Contact Drake Public Safety
Confidential Resources

*Employee reporters submitting reports through this form should follow up with the Title IX Coordinator at (515) 271-4956.

Quick contacts to reach confidential support

  • VIP student support or advocacy
    515-512-2972 (call or text)
  • Polk County Crisis and Advocacy
  • Professional advocate at the Counseling Center 
        - Thursdays 3:00-4:30 during fall & spring term