HARRISBURG – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) joins with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to announce today that Lycoming College will receive $29,808 in funding through the ‘It’s On Us’ PA Grant program to improve campus security and provide resources to reduce the risk of sexual assault.
“This funding will allow Lycoming to further engage students and staff on this important issue,” Sen. Yaw said. “Continuing the dialogue and fostering programs that educate and inform individuals on what constitutes sexual assault are vital to preventing future incidents.”
The grant was awarded through the PDE as part of a national initiative to raise awareness of campus security risks and improve reporting of sexual assault on college campuses. Lycoming College is one of 36 public and private colleges and universities serving nearly 250,000 students that will share in $1 million awarded today.
“We’re grateful to Gov. Wolf for awarding this grant to Lycoming College to continue our work on sexual assault prevention, and to advance our commitment to campus safety,” said Kent C. Trachte, Ph.D., President of Lycoming College.
Since 2016,113 ‘It’s On Us’ PA Grants have been awarded totaling nearly $3 million to more than 60 postsecondary institutions across the state, including public and private two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Programs or activities considered for funding include campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff; institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of survivors of sexual violence; programs that enhance awareness of available resources and students’ rights or seek to increase mechanisms for anonymous reporting; and efforts to improve capacity to collect federal- or state-required data.
‘It’s On Us PA is a statewide campaign that invites everyone to play a role in ending sexual assault. Building off the momentum of the national It’s On Us movement, It’s On Us PA brings together college and university presidents, superintendents, administrators, teachers, students, families, and community members to reframe the conversation around sexual violence and pledge to be part of the solution.
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Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff