Mar. 21, 2011

SUNY Geneseo Launches New 'Stand Up' Web Resource for Students to Access Safety and Conduct Guidance


GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo has expanded the reach of its award-winning bystander intervention program, "Stand Up for One Another," by launching a new "Stand Up" section on the college's website.

A steering committee representing voices from across campus developed content for the multi-tiered section of the website, which focuses on six functional areas: sexual assault awareness; harassment/bullying prevention; hazing prevention; mental health and suicide prevention; bias-related incidents; and alcohol and other drugs. Counselors, health care professionals, students, administrators and others provide guidance and support on the interactive site via video and text.

"These are all areas of concern found on most college campuses and we felt that consolidating the issues and resources in an easy and engaging manner would help make the information quickly accessible for students," said Tamara Kenney, assistant dean of students for student conduct and community standards. "Having the information in one location gives students the tools and resources necessary to take action and stand up."

Geneseo introduced its "Stand Up for One Another" bystander intervention training program in the fall of 2009. The program encourages students to intercede and act on their concern for their fellow students' well-being. Among several unique features of the section is an option for individuals to report positive by-stander encounters in our community. They can also easily report an incident via the website.

Joining Kenny as steering committee co-chair was Lauren Taraska, Geneseo's coordinator of student organizations and campus activities. Others on the committee were Lt. Matt Austin from University Police; Ravina Chawla, student and Health Guard peer health educator; Melinda DuBois, administrative director of health and counseling; Paul Dotterweich, head coach for swimming and diving; Dana Minton, coordinator of health promotions; Michael Mooney, interim director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation; Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, coordinator of multicultural programs and services; Marybeth Ryder, student and Health Guard peer health educator; and Wendi Kinney, coordinator of Greek affairs and off-campus living.

Development of the layout, design and function of the site was completed by Kristen Fuest, Student Association graphics coordinator; Laura Kenyon, web communications manager for the college; Paul Jackson, assistant director for information systems; Gang Wang, information systems web developer; Lauren Taraska, of student organizations and campus activities, and video development assistance from Joe Dolce, coordinator in information systems.

Members of the interactive cast from the college included Christopher Dahl, president; Carol Long, provost; Bob Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life; Jennifer Katz, associate professor of psychology; Chip Matthews, director of college union and activities; Lt. Matt Austin, police officer; Ryan Moton, area coordinator, residence life; Laura Canfield, facilities servicers manager; Colin DeJersey, men's hockey player/student; Gina Giordani, financial assistant, College Union and Activities/student; Will Labate, Student Association director of student affairs/student; Meghan Lijewski, Inter-Greek Council president/student; Brittney Ross, Late Knight event staff/student; Rob White, resident assistant/student; Tracy Gagnier, assistant director of alumni relations/Geneseo Alumna; Ce'coria Hardy, Black Student Union president/student; Jordan Garbarino, Alpha Chi Rho member/student; Michelle Rodriguez, women's swimming team member/student; and Toby Maxwell, ultimate Frisbee player/student.

Music for the web section was written and performed by Geneseo alumnus Scott Variano.

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