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STLCC Conducts Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities

Every day, hundreds of Americans are affected by sexual violence. St. Louis Community College will conduct special events during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April for students and staff that address the impact of sexual violence on survivors and the people who care about them.

Panelists from the college and community advocates will share information on resources available, how to find support and ways to get involved in tackling this important issue. Information on the college’s process for addressing sexual misconduct also will be provided.

“It is exciting to work with campus colleagues and community partners on efforts to bring light to this important issue,” said Mary Zabriskie, J.D., STLCC’s director of Student Conduct and Title IX coordinator. “St. Louis Community College is committed to providing support to students on campus and helping make connections to community resources as well. This commitment extends to a process for reviewing allegations of sexual assault at the college that is prompt, thorough and fair to all involved.”

Panel discussions slated for STLCC’s campuses and education centers will be conducted as follows:

• Meramec – 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, April 3, Business Administration Building Room 105, 11333 Big Bend Road
• Wildwood – 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, Multipurpose Room, 2645 Generations Drive
• Harrison Education Center – 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, April 11, Multipurpose Room, 3140 Cass Ave.
• South County Education and University Center – 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, Conference Room, 4115 Meramec Bottom Road
• Forest Park – 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, April 25, Student Center Café East, 5600 Oakland Ave.
• Florissant Valley – noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, Student Center, 34oo Pershall Road

Campus panel programs will feature speakers from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Safe Connections, the YWCA Women’s Resource Center, College Counseling Services and Title IX Coordinator. Representatives from the College Student Assistance program, Campus Police and Title IX Investigators also will be available to provide information.

Employee-focused discussion will take place at the Corporate College and Cosand Center as follows:

• Corporate College – 10-11 a.m. Monday, April 17, Room 219, 3221 McKelvey Road
• Cosand Center – 10-11 a.m. Monday, April 24, Fifth Floor Board Room, 300 S. Broadway

At these events, Zabriskie will present a program titled “Sexual Assault, College Students & Federal Mandates – What Every Employee Should Know.”

This marks the third year that STLCC has offered Sexual Assault Awareness Month programs, which are a collaborative undertaking led by STLCC’s Campus Police and Student Affairs offices.

Two of the community partners for these events, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and Safe Connections, also are participating with the college in a grant through the Department of Justice, Violence against Women – Legal Assistance for Victims Grant program. Launched last August, the grant provides qualified students with easier access to legal services for help with orders of protection, child custody issues, housing and other issues related to sexual assault and relationship violence. Organizations participating in the grant agreed to work on community education efforts. Sexual Assault Awareness Month programs are part of these efforts.