University 101 Programs

Healthy Relationships, Communication, and Consent

Presentation Abstract
This is an interactive presentation that educates students on consent, healthy relationships, and interpersonal violence. By defining and explaining what consent is, the presentation will discuss how consent helps to foster healthy relationships and what being in a healthy relationship feels like. The presentation will examine 3 forms of interpersonal violence, sexual assault, stalking, & intimate partner violence, and identify the resources on/off campus that students can find support. By participating in discussions, students have the opportunity to reflect on their personal values, explore the parameters of consent, & learn more about how to recognize unhealthy relationships.

University 101 Learning Outcomes

II a) Identify and use appropriate campus resources and engage in opportunities that contribute to their learning within and beyond the classroom.

The presentation provides students with information for 7 on campus resources and 3 off campus resources that they can use to find help for themselves and others in situations and circumstances related to relationships and interpersonal violence. The presenter will specifically talk about the difference in confidential and non-confidential resources and the services SAVIP provides, emphasizing on-call advocacy and academic assistance.

II b) Develop positive relationships with peers, staff, and faculty.

The presentation encourages students to think about what makes a relationship healthy or unhealthy and provides examples of healthy and unhealthy behaviors as well as skills for communication within relationships. It also discusses the definition of consent and how consent fosters healthy relationships among partners, family, friends, and peers.

III b) Explore the tenets of the Carolinian Creed.

Building and fostering healthy relationships reflect all tenets of the Carolinian Creed, but the presentation will provide specific skills for communication and maintaining a healthy relationship which would involve “[respecting] the dignity of all persons,” “[respecting] the rights and properties of others,” and “[discouraging] bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions.”

Presentation Learning Outcomes
1. Understand what consent is and recognize how consent fosters our relationships and interactions with others
2. Be able to describe what constitutes a healthy relationship and warning signs of an unhealthy relationship
3. Be able to identify resources on and off campus for reporting and help

Presentation Outline
• Presenter introduction
• Goals/Learning outcomes
• Guidelines for Discussion/Acknowledgements
o Defining Interpersonal Violence: sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking
o Quick stats: what stands out to you?
• Consent
o “Let’s Talk About Consent video”
 Discussion
• As you’re watching this video, write down the example or statement that stands out most to you.
• What example or statement stood out most to you in the video? Why?
• Why is consent important when it comes to any kind of sexual activity?
• Where does consent fit in during sexual activity?
o USC consent policy
 Discussion (Ask prior to showing examples on slide)
• So thinking about the video and looking at USC’s definition of consent, describe what consent would look like or sound like during sexual activity?
o Impact of alcohol
o Activity: Sex is like pizza--break students into small groups and without communicating have them "order" the person next to them a slice of pizza. Next, they can chat and compare results. Then, they order a pizza with their partner to split. Discussion: what was the process like? How did you decide. The key takeaway is that consent is about communication and we use consent in our daily lives.
o “Cycling Through Consent” video
 Think/pair/share
• Have them pair up with someone next to them and come up with three examples.
• What are three other examples where you give and receive consent outside of sexual activity?
 Discussion: “How does consent foster a healthy relationship?”
• Healthy Relationships
o Discussion
 What do you all think makes a relationship healthy/what are signs of a healthy relationship?
 Think about your relationships with family, friends, roommates, and partners. What do you value most in those relationships? What characteristics would you personally add for your own relationships? Which characteristics do you value to ensure your relationships stay healthy? (For them to think about on their own)
o Red flags
• Interpersonal Violence
o 3 types: sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking
o Continuum of what it looks like: physical, psychological, economic, sexual
• How to vet a new relationship: what do you want to know about a potential partner? How significant others should treat each other.
• Tips for Healthy Relationships
• Resources Review
o Who is SAVIP? Outline of the office: location, hours, contact information
SAVIP Services: advocacy and prevention
• Impact on Academic Success: trauma
• Resources on campus
 Overview of what confidential/non-confidential implies
o reporting form
 Where to find it and that whoever reports has the option of choosing what action (if any) they would like taken
o Off campus
• Questions, thoughts, takeaways?
o Provide students with resource card (same one being used in Sexual Health presentation)
o Evaluation
o Offer to stay after for a couple of minutes in case anyone has questions they don’t want to ask in the group

Presentation Length
50 minutes; 75 minutes;

Presenter Training
Peer leaders will be the primary presenters for this presentation. They will undergo two four-hour training days to prepare. They are also given scripts to practice at home. Graduate students and professional staff will supplement the presentation times when peers are unavailable.