Ashland University Receives Transforming Campus Climate Grant from ODHE

Ashland University Receives Transforming Campus Climate Grant from ODHE

10/13/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University is one of nine Ohio colleges and universities to receive an Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Transforming Campus Climate grant offered through the Changing Campus Culture initiative. Ashland received an $8,000 grant award.

According to Dr. Hannah Clayborne, AU’s vice president of student affairs, the Transforming Campus Climate grants seek to provide support to Ohio colleges and universities as they work to implement best practices to address sexual violence on their campuses in response to climate survey data.

“The Transforming Campus Climate Grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education will provide funding for programmatic initiatives that examine issues such as stalking, harassment, dating and domestic violence,” Clayborne said. “These types of sexual misconduct were identified by students, staff and faculty, who completed the Campus Climate Survey, as areas where additional programs or training was needed.”

Clayborne added, “With the funding from this grant and the Changing Campus Culture grant, the Title IX committee will be able to offer a comprehensive set of programs that examines the different types of sexual misconduct, while highlighting issues such as the reporting process and the importance of being an active bystander.”

Sharon Lowe, proposal specialist with AU’s University Grants and Sponsored Programs, said “grant funding from the Ohio Department of Higher Education will provide significant support to Ashland University’s Title IX Committee to quickly expand training and awareness initiatives that will help us better serve our students across campus.” Best practices and successful programmatic elements developed by Ashland will be used by the ODHE to expand sexual violence prevention programs across the state. 

Clayborne added additional information regarding AU’s Sexual Misconduct and Prevention Policy is available at --

Other grant recipients were Bowling Green State University, Case Western Reserve University, Defiance College, Hocking College, Kent State University, Mount St. Joseph University, Wittenberg University and Wright State University.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###

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