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Sexual Assault

How to Get Involved

Together, we are creating a safer campus for our students and the students who follow; we are improving our policies, procedures, and programming; we are raising awareness about sexual assault; we are teaching people how to be more than a bystander; we are making a difference. Join us by getting involved on campus!

Committees and Advisory Boards

Contact NYC Dean for Students Marijo Russell O’Grady, PhD, at to join the Sexual Assault Programming, Policy, and Implementation Committee NYC; or apply to be a peer advocate with PAASA, with Peer Advocates Against Sexual Assault (PAASA), who have been trained and are actively promoting policy and will begin offering workshops. The #PaceUEndRape Team is committed to sustained, student-led activism on Pace University's NYC campus that will foster a safer environment for all students. Contact #PaceUEndRape.

In Pleasantville, join PAR²&C (Pace Advisers for Respectful Relating and Consent) and The Escalation Workshop—a powerful and emotionally-engaging training that meets young people where they are, educating them about relationship violence and empowering them to work for change; students can volunteer to join their peers to host events on campus on behalf of Pace and the One Love Foundation. Join by contacting Assistant Dean for Community Standards and Compliance Debbie Levesque at POWER, Pace's Women's Group, hosts conversations focusing on consent and domestic violence. Contact Rachel Simon at Pace FIRE is a peer education program on the Pleasantville Campus that's mission is to “Fight Ignorance and Rape with Education.” Contact Dean for Students Rachel Carpenter at for more information. 

“Step UP” Bystander Training

A comprehensive bystander intervention program that teaches strategies and techniques to intervene and make a difference, Step UP! is being used by athletics, Greek life, student affairs, and residential life around the country, including at Pace, where resident directors and resident assistants have already participated in training programs on sexual assault and alcohol/drug abuse on the NYC and Pleasantville campuses, with additional training and workshops to be scheduled.

For more information, contact PLV Dean for Students Rachel Carpenter at or NYC Dean for Students Marijo Russell O’Grady at

Events and Programming

Pace University hosts a series of events and programming on both the NYC and Pleasantville campuses during national Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April and Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. 

Events are also held throughout the academic year, including town halls on sexual assault, co-hosted by the respective committees, advisory boards, various clubs and organizations and Residential Life staffs on both campuses.  The Civility Collateral in NYC hosted Civility Week in October, celebrating diversity and hosting discussions on wage disparity, issues affecting the transgender community, and various other events.  The Office of Student Development and Campus Activities (SDCA) and the Setters Leadership Initiatives in Pleasantville host a Women’s Empowerment Conference, featuring discussions on women in the workplace, women as leaders, barriers to women’s success, social justice and multiculturalism, and many more.

Stay tuned for upcoming events.