President's Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct
The President’s Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct (PIPSM) is the University of Minnesota’s centralized, long-term commitment to reduce and prevent sexual misconduct within the University community. PIPSM seeks long-term culture change and envisions a University community that is safe and free from sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual misconduct. PIPSM consists of four subcommittees, each focused on key aspects of a comprehensive plan:
- Faculty and Staff Training;
- Student Education and Engagement;
- Public Health Awareness Campaign; and
- Evaluation and Research
A Coordinating Committee (composed of the chairs and co-chairs of the four subcommittees as well as additional subcommittee members) facilitates communications between committees and with the President’s Office. The Coordinating Committee works to ensure PIPSM enhances and builds upon existing University efforts by adopting a public health approach with a focus on prevention. PIPSM supports development in five key areas:
- Comprehensive Prevention - Strategies that complement and reinforce one another across the social ecological model;
- Infrastructure – The basic organizational systems and structures needed to effectively implement prevention strategies across the University System;
- Audience - Faculty, staff and students as the recipients of prevention messages and campaigns;
- Partnerships and Sustainability – The development of healthy working relationships with community stakeholders and partners in order to strengthen and align prevention efforts; and
- Evaluation – Identification of which programs, polices and/or practices are working and which are not working.
A public health approach is community assessment-based and evidence-driven. It includes comprehensive strategies from the individual to the community to shape and promote change in campus norms and values, culture and behavior.