Sexual Misconduct

One of the important characteristics of a Jesuit education is the magis, from the Latin word for the ‘more’ or the ‘greater.’  As James Martin, S.J. says in The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life,  “When you work, give your all…” The resources below give you more so you can live the Jesuit magis towards a fully thriving GU experience in wellness and in health.

Whether you're seeking resources for yourself or for a friend, remember that part of being in community, especially at a Jesuit institution, is the call for us to engage in conversations and dialogues around these topics.  We hope you will use this Wellness Toolbox as a way to learn more about concerns Zags often face in order to reduce stigma and create open dialogue around those challenges.

To seek magis by learning more about Sexual Misconduct, see the resources below:

M – Meaning and Description

Learn more about Sexual Assault

A - Apps and Downloads

Apps and downloads that can support your personal safety

G - Great Resources

Articles, handouts, worksheets and other resources about preventing Sexual Assault. Includes information about support groups and hotlines

I - Interactive Media

Video, audio, and podcasts to help you understand and reduce Sexual Assault on college campuses

S - Supporting a Friend

Information and resources for how to help a friend who may have been assaulted 


M – Meaning and Description

Sexual misconduct can take many forms, including sexual assault, dating violence, and harassment.  Understanding what sexual misconduct is and its prevalence on college campuses is a first step in addressing and preventing this issue. 

Gonzaga University has specific definitions and policies related to sexual misconduct.  This includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence.

Gonzaga has professionals specially trained in conducting investigations, providing support and assisting you throughout a reporting process.  Learn more about what this process is and how it can help you.

From the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

From the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network

From the National Women's Law Center

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A – Apps and Downloads

Circle of 6 - This apps let you choose up to 6 trusted friends to add to your circle.  If you get into an uncomfortable situation, you can use this app to send a pre-programmed alert with your location. 

Free on Android and iTunes 

bSafe - This is a personal safety app that lets you set up a safety network of friends, share your location, ask friends to electronically walk you home, and trigger an alarm if you haven't checked in at a specified time. 

Free on Android and iTunes 

StaySafe - This app notifies your emergency contacts by e-mail or text  if you don't check in at specified times. 

$6.99 on iTunes

Panic Relief - This app can give you instant support, wherever you are - it is silent and helps you stay in control. Use your favorite animations for a few minutes when anxiety starts to build up inside you. 

Free on Android, $0.99 on iTunes 

Pacifica - Stress, anxiety, and depression can get in the way of you living your life. Pacifica gives you holistic tools to address it based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, relaxation, and health.

Free on Android and iTunes

Breathe2Relax - A portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing.  Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood. 

Free on Android and iTunes 

BACCards - Alcohol is never an excuse for sexual violence but it is often involved in incidents of sexual misconduct.  This app helps you track drinks in real time and understand the effects alcohol is having on your body and can help you consume in less harmful or risky ways.

  • Free on Android & iTunes 

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G - Great Resources

24 / 7 Sexual Misconduct Advocate - Gonzaga will connect you to a free and confidential Lutheran Community Services advocate available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide immediate support and resources to students who have experienced sexual misconduct.

Gonzaga Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form - Gonzaga University encourages all individuals to report any instance of sexual harassment involving any GU student, staff or faculty.  This form allows you to report, including an anonymous reporting option.

Consent is Sexy - This site breaks down consent for college students and provides helpful information on ways to seek consent, the impact of alcohol or drugs on consent, and things you can do or say if things are moving too quickly.

After Sexual Assault - This guide gives helpful information for survivors of sexual assault to help you in your recovery process.

What is PTSD? - Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is something that can occur after going through an emotional trauma.  This resource provides more information about the signs and symptoms of PTSD.

Take Back the Night - This foundation seeks to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.

Mental Health Screening - This check up from the neck up is a brief, anonymous and confidential screening that helps you determine if you should connect with a mental health professional.  Immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources. 

Hotlines That Help - There are a number of local and national crisis hotlines that can help you 24 hours a day.  Learn more in this resource with specific hotlines numbers (including texting options).

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I – Interactive Media (videos, audio, podcasts)

Consent and Tea - This video illustrates the concept of consent through tea.

It's On Us - It's on all of us to stop sexual assault.  Multiple videos as well as information on how to get involved.

Seven Comparisons to Show How Simple Consent Really Is - Seven every day comparisons that show just how simple the concept of consent really is.

2 Minutes That Will Change the Way You Think About Consent - Have 2 minutes?  Watch this video illustrating what consent is and is not.

Who Are You? - Bystander intervention helps prevent sexual violence.  

Step Up - Learn the five basic steps to be more than a bystander.

Because I Love You - Such a simple phrase can take on a different meaning in an unhealthy relationship; escalating from a statement of care to one of control.

Til It Happens To You - Oscar nominated song from Lady Gaga from the film The Hunting Ground

What if Bears Killed 1 in 5 People? - You wouldn't put up with that. So don't put up with this. 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted by the time they finish college. Do something about it. Take the pledge at itsonus.org

The Hunting Ground - Documentary about sexual assault on college campuses.  Full film available through Foley Library

It Happened Here - Documentary about sexual assault on college campuses.  Full film available on iTunes and Netflix. 

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S – Supporting a Friend

Tips on How to Help a Friend - When we’re having a hard time, the first place most of us turn is to family and friends.  If you have friends who have come to you for help, we've got tips to help you with those conversations.

What Do I Say? - Having difficult conversations with friends is never easy.  This is a quick resource to help you find the right words.

Refer Form - This is one way you can share that you are concerned about a student. Someone from the Center for Cura Personalis, or their designee, will reach out to provide the student with support and resources.

Campus Resources List - There are so many resources available on campus to support Gonzaga students.  The campus resources we have available can support you at each phase in their journey.  This page includes list of commonly used resources, including contact information and a little information about what each office does.

Campus Resources Matrix - If you still aren't sure which office might be the best place to go, take a look at our which identifies offices that can help with specific questions or concerns.

What is CCP? - This video shares more about the Center for Cura Personalis, which serves students in many ways including through proactive outreach and educational programs about healthy choices and interventions for students who may be struggling. 

What is Health & Counseling? - Health & Counseling Services functions as your private physician's office and counseling center. Learn more about the services available through this office.

What To Expect - This video gives an overview of what to expect when scheduling and coming in for your first visit at the Center for Cura Personalis or Health & Counseling Services.

Community Resources - In addition to the great resources available on campus, there are a number of resources available in the Spokane community to assist you with your personal well-being while you are at Gonzaga.

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