Prevention and Risk Reduction Programs
- Violence Against Women Prevention Program
- Women’s and Men’s Self Defense Classes
- UConn Men’s Project
- Greeks Against Sexual Assault (GASA)
- Wellness and Prevention Services Health Education Office: Sexuality
Health Education is home to the UConn Sexperts. This peer education group presents programs in the residence halls as well as for student groups on campus. Their mission is to promote positive and responsible health to the UConn students; respecting people’s individual choices and creating awareness of sexual health issues that include both on and off campus resources.
- Alcohol & Other Drugs Services
- Women’s Health Office
The UConn Police Department in partnership with Community Standards, the Off-Campus Student Services and Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, functioning together to reaffirm the goal of providing the highest level of safety and well-being to the UConn community, offers FREE self-defense classes. These programs train both men and women in basic self-defense techniques and offers viable options when confronted with various threats of violence and aggression.
The goal of The Men’s Project is to train men who will then positively influence their peers by challenging social norms that promote gender-based violence; understanding their connection to survivors of gender-based violence; and role modeling effective bystander interventions. The weekly meetings will focus on topics related to gender socialization, masculinities, social justice and gender-based violence. The program is supported by the UConn Women’s Center and the Asian American Cultural Center, whose staff serve as advisors and support for this initiative.
In partnership with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Women’s Center, Greeks Against Sexual Assault is a group of Greek-affiliated students who come together to discuss issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and privilege in a safe space. Our mission is to analyze and understand how rape culture is manifested in our college campus setting as a result of the behaviors and attitudes of students both within and outside of the Greek community, and to work toward creating a safer campus environment for all.
If a person decides to be sexually active, they need to be aware of risks that they encounter such as STIs and/or pregnancy. Students can practice safer sex and reduce their risks.
The Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Office coordinates and facilitates prevention, early intervention, screening, and education opportunities in the area of substance use and abuse. AOD seeks to provide the UConn community with accurate information and resources to reduce the risks associated with alcohol and other drugs.