University of South Carolina

USCís Stand Up Carolina receives award

The University of South Carolina’s Stand Up Carolina campus bystander accountability initiative recieved a national NASPA Excellence Award from the nation’s leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession.

Through receipt of the bronze award in the category of violence education and prevention, crisis management and campus security, Stand Up Carolina has earned additional recognition as a model of best practices for campus sexual assault and interpersonal violence prevention programs. 

Offered through Student Health Services Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention (SAVIP), Stand Up Carolina seeks to end interpersonal violence including sexual assault, fighting, stalking, harassment and hate crimes by fostering a culture of increased bystander accountability. This is being accomplished through student, faculty and staff education, empowerment and advocacy strategies that teach safe prevention and intervention strategies. 

Since its fall 2011 inception, Stand Up Carolina has gained strength on campus because of memorable advertising, use of social norming strategies, infusing the curriculum into classrooms and extensive outreach. Programs, services and events supporting SAVIP’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Teen Dating Violence Month and Stalking Awareness Month also serve to engage students in Stand Up Carolina.  

As part of Stand Up Carolina, SAVIP is accepting nominations for its annual Hero Awards through March 1 at The Hero Awards recognize accountable bystander students, faculty and staff who stood up to make a difference in the life of another. Nominees will be recognized March 27 at 9 a.m. in Russell House ballroom.

Sexual assault and interpersonal violence prevention programs have been in place at USC for many years because of high rates of interpersonal violence in South Carolina. In 2012, the state ranked second in the nation for number of women murdered by men annually, up from seventh the year before, and eighth the previous year, according to data from the Violence Policy Center. 

For information about Stand Up Carolina, visit or call Nicole Carrico, Student Health Services Public Relations Coordinator, at 803-777-4199. 

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Posted: 12/05/12 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 12/10/12 @ 2:02 PM | Permalink