Prevention Strategies

Current Prevention Programming

The Center for Health Education and Promotion offers educational programs facilitated by trained peer educators. The programs offer educational resources for students and provide awareness on several different topics. Among those topics are alcohol and other drugs, body image, dating violence, domestic violence, healthy relationships, safer sex, sexual assault, stalking, and stress. The programs related to Sexual Violence are listed below.

  • Break the Silence! End the Violence!
  • Calling Men to Action
  • Hey Baby
  • Keep it in the Green
  • Sex Goes to the Movies
  • The Hook Up

Interested in requesting a program? Request a program here.

The Center for Health Education is located in the Montour House (16 South George Street) and is open from 8am-4:30pm.  Contact us at 717-871-4141 or at

Check back for upcoming events. Some upcoming events in the future are listed below:

  • Red Flag Campaign
  • It's On Us Campaign
  • Escalation Training

Ongoing Prevention and Education Initiatives

In an effort to reduce the risk of sexual misconduct occurring on and off campus, it is the policy of the University to provide a wide range of awareness and prevention programming annually.  Programs are offered throughout the year and upon request and include strong messages not just about awareness, but also primary prevention (including normative messaging, environmental management and bystander intervention).

Programs also offer information on risk reduction, how to recognize warning signals and how to avoid potential attacks, and do so without applying victim-blaming approaches.  Ongoing awareness and prevention campaigns are directed to students, faculty and staff throughout the year.  Below is a listing of current initiatives:

  1. The University's sexual misconduct policy statement is provided to all new faculty and staff employees during employee orientation programs.
  2. The University's Sexual Misconduct Policy is emailed every fall and spring semester to all students, faculty, and staff.  The notification provides policy information and information on the designation of a campus Title IX Coordinator.
  3. Sexual harassment prevention/Title IX training sessions are offered to all University faculty, staff, and administrators.
  4. Online sexual assault prevention programs/tutorials are provided to all incoming students participating in new student orientation.
  5. All University Police officers receive domestic violence and sexual assault training by the Lancaster County District Attorney's office and annual training coordinated by the PA State Police.
  6. University Police officers receive regular training on investigations into charges of rape, sex offenses, and domestic violence.
  7. Relevant University departments are in constant communication to ensure support for victims of sexual violence and intimate partner violence.
  8. Online harassment prevention training is provided for all University students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  9. Training seminars are provided for all resident assistants, peer mentors, and graduate assistants within Housing & Residential Programs during the fall and spring semesters.
  10. Training seminars are provided for all orientation leaders within new student orientation and they are instructed to familiarize their orientation groups with the University's policies and procedures.

Training seminars are provided for individual classes and programs on a request basis.

Step Up!

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Be an Active Bystander

Being an active bystander discourages attitudes and behaviors that support sexual assault and other harmful behavior. When you witness a potential sexual assault or other behavior that promotes a culture of violence, don’t assume someone else will help or that it’s none of your business; speak up, step in and seek help.

Millersville University encourages students to Step Up! as active bystanders.  Staff and students are trained in the Step Up! program and facilitate bystander intervention programs for students on an ongoing basis.  Step UP! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others.

Step Up! follows the following principles:

1-Notice the event.

2-Interpret it as a problem.

3-Assume personal responsibility.

4-Know how to help.

5-Assume responsibility-Step Up! 

Interested in requesting a program? Request a program here.

Identifying Relationship Violence

If your friend is in an unhealthy relationship and you notice these patterns of behavior from their partner SPEAK UP.

Red Flags in a relationship:

  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission
  • Constantly putting you down
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating you from family or friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Mood swings
  • Physically hurting you in any way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling you what to do
  • Pressuring or forcing you to have sex

When communicating with a friend about and unhealthy relationship remember to:

  • Find the right time to talk about the issue
  • Talk face-to-face
  • Do not judge or attack
  • Support: talk to them and tell them you are concerned for their safety.
  • Empower: encourage your friend to make a safety plan
  • Connect: connect the victim to information and resources
    • Show them the website
    • Have available the 24hr hotline number 1-800-799-7233