Beyond that, the Buena Vista campus — owned and operated by Mormons but not by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — has conducted campuswide conversations and trainings about healthy sexuality, what it means to consent, and avenues for survivors to detail attacks without fear of punishment.
All these programs did not happen on SVU's initiative alone: The school was prodded into action by a federal investigation.
Last year, a gay student filed a formal complaint against SVU's provost, alleging sexual harassment based on the student's sexual orientation.
The federal government's Office of Civil Rights looked into the allegations and ultimately cleared the school official, SVU spokesman Chris Pendleton says, but found "some of the university's Title IX-related policies and procedures were out of compliance."
With governmental training and assistance, the Mormon liberal-arts college set out to change attitudes about rape — and provide a safer atmosphere for its students.
Stepping up • Deidra Dryden has been at SVU for nearly two decades, arriving barely a year after LDS businessmen assumed ownership of the historic campus.
A popular and compassionate figure on campus, Dryden has worked in the athletic department as a basketball, tennis, softball and volleyball coach — and also has taught math as an adjunct professor. She currently serves as the senior women's administrator.
In the aftermath of the 2015 federal inquiry, Dryden was appointed by SVU President Reed Wilcox as the school's Title IX officer, answerable to him rather than to the Student Life Office, as in the past.
She conducted workshops and trainings with faculty and staffers, as well as with groups of students, especially student leaders in the residence halls.
"We were pretty blunt," Dryden explains in a phone interview. "We had students practice saying, 'I was OK with that, but not this,' and then saying, 'I am done for the night.' "
Shoushig Tenguerian, a senior Title IX education intern from Brooklyn, helped Dryden educate students on these issues, particularly the importance of consent and the nature of stalking.
Tenguerian has heard lots of misconceptions about healthy sexuality and consent.
"Sometimes girls and guys do something and feel that because [intimacy] has already started," she says, "they have to go 'all the way.' "
The trainers make it clear that participants can choose what they want at every point. They also teach students how to say "no" by using a chocolate chip cookie and an onion: