Campus Safety Initiative
The Lauren McCluskey Foundation works with the more than 5,000 colleges and universities that receive Title IX Federal funding within the United States to honor Lauren McCluskey’s legacy by bringing awareness to, funding research for, and provide resources to change the culture that responds poorly to dating violence and stalking on their campuses.
Programs and Objectives
Increase Awareness of Dating Violence and Stalking Awareness
Through leadership and actions, students, faculty, and staff can positively impact the culture and response to dating violence and stalking on their campuses.
Expand the Adoption of Lauren’s Promise Awareness
Faculty should be equipped with the appropriate resources and materials to respond effectively to student reports of dating violence and stalking. The Campus Safety Initiative will refine and enhance Lauren’s Promise materials and training for faculty through a faculty ambassador program. The Lauren McCluskey Foundation will research and support opportunities with faculty ambassadors to make increased adoption of Lauren’s Promise in collaboration with faculty ambassadors.
Create a Best Practices Blueprint for Effective Response
Campus leaders, police, and public safety officers should adopt best practices for effective response to dating violence and stalking. The blueprint will be built upon the Clery Act and will be a resource for training and evaluating campus safety organizations. The blueprint will include simple materials for all types of responders to use on and off campus to facilitate quick and effective response.
Develop and Distribute a Campus Safety Score
The Lauren McCluskey Foundation will develop a campus safety score. The score will be based on procedures, training, resources, and the history of responses to campus safety threats at an institution. By creating and distributing a score, parents and students can use this information to inform their decisions about school selection, as well as hold schools accountable for their campus safety policies and actions.
Share Resources to Improve Dating Violence and Stalking Laws
The Campus Safety Initiative will provide information about state laws and resources and advocate to strengthen dating violence and stalking laws at the state and federal level. The Lauren McCluskey Foundation will develop a speakers group and present at national conferences, professional organizations and to the media on issues relating to dating violence and stalking, state and campus policy, Lauren’s story, and the program’s successes.
Our Core Values
- We believe that responsiveness to dating violence and stalking on campus is everyone’s responsibility.
- We ensure that our programs are inclusive for all, with sensitivity to race, gender, and sexuality.
- We believe that a discussion about dating violence and stalking response should be incorporated into all campus activities including mental health, diversity and inclusion, housing, and athletics.
- We provide transparency regarding policies, reporting, and data in order to hold schools accountable for the campus safety policies and actions. We encourage parents and students to use this information to inform their decisions about campus safety.
- We believe that students are experts on the needs for their own campuses and can help make positive changes in campus culture through their leadership.
- We support every survivor’s right to seek justice and services in the way they choose.
- We will develop partnerships and collaborate with anyone willing to listen and respond.
- We work with campus safety, law enforcement, non-profit organizations, and policymakers to impact off campus response as well as on campus change.