October 06, 2020

Susquehanna University has been named a recipient of the Campus Prevention Network Seal of Prevention for demonstrating a commitment to digital prevention programs tied to student safety, well-being and inclusion.

Susquehanna was recognized for taking action to create a safer, more inclusive campus through comprehensive, evidence-based digital prevention education on issues such as sexual assault, alcohol misuse, mental health and discrimination. The CPN Seal of Prevention establishes guidelines for discerning quality online prevention education and implementation practices, and positions prevention as central to key institutional outcomes, including recruitment, student success, retention and advancement.

Susquehanna established its Violence Intervention and Prevention Center in 2018 with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. In addition to a 19-member Coordinated Community Response Team, the center oversees:

  • Extensive training programs for students, faculty and staff. During the 2019-20 school year, the center completed more than 50 trainings that reached over 4,000 people (including 100% of first-year students). The center also conducted a highly successful online challenge when students first transitioned to remote learning in the spring 2020 semester, which reached over 1,200 people and was viewed over 22,000 times on Instagram alone.
  • Counseling and advocacy services available for students 24/7 through Transitions of PA.
  • Continuing education opportunities for members of the university’s Code of Conduct board and public safety officers.

“We are honored to be named among the first-ever class of recipients of the CPN Seal of Prevention,” said Christiana Paradis, coordinator of the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center. “Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking is a problem on every campus and in every community. While Susquehanna is not immune from issues, we truly believe that with appropriate prevention strategies we can work toward creating a community that is free from violence someday.”

The CPN Seal of Prevention is presented by EVERFI and Parchment. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is an education technology company. Parchment, founded in 2003, is a credentialing service that allows learners, academic institutions and employers to request, verify and share credentials in simple and secure ways.