Student Experience

Student Experience by Year


The Sexual Violence Prevention Project (SVPP) is a four-year sexual violence prevention curriculum required for all undergraduate students, that is comprehensive, developmental, and asset-based. The curriculum is centered around four outcomes intended to reduce harmful student behavior and change Dartmouth's culture by increasing positive student behavior and helping students cultivate and strengthen life-long skills to:

  • Outcome 1:  Use resources, if needed, & support those who have been impacted by sexual violence (e.g. sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and harassment)
  • Outcome 2:  Develop positive relationships & positive sexual behavior
  • Outcome 3:  Use their power in positive ways to foster equity & belonging
  • Outcome 4:  Check-in & step-in, across the spectrum of harm, to prevent sexual violence


Four outcomes to change culture and reduce sexual violence: Using resources & supporting others, developing positive relationships & sexual behavior, using your power to foster equity & belonging, and checking-in & stepping-in

To provide a comprehensive and effective prevention strategy, all undergraduate students will engage with multiple SVPP components each year, which align with the four outcomes, and build upon the knowledge and skills acquired in previous years. 

SVPP Curriculum

The SVPP curriculum is and will continue to be:

  • Focused on active skill-building
  • Asset-based
  • Student-centered and created in collaboration with students
  • Research based, theory-driven, and culturally relevant
  • Timed with students' intellectual, cognitive, and social development
  • Infused into a variety of existing structures
  • Inclusive of varied teaching methods to account for different learning styles (in-person, online, experiential, and will include independent options)
  • Opportunities for students to connect, reflect, and put their learning into intentional and meaningful action


Developmental structure: First-Year (Introduction) Foundational Knowledge; Sophomore/Junior Year (Application); Senior Year (Leadership)