University 101 Programs

It's Not a Game

The purpose of the “It’s Not a Game” (INAG) presentation is to increase knowledge regarding issues of interpersonal violence, specifically stalking, relationship violence, and sexual assault. The presentation will address skills to enhance the development of healthy and balanced relationships, while providing supportive resources for students who experience interpersonal violence.  INAG strives to facilitate this training through the student’s perspective by having current students or Graduate Assistance (GA’s) lead these presentations.  INAG is a component of SAVIP’s Bystander Accountability initiative and provides a general overview of SAVIP (Sexual Assault Violence Intervention & Prevention) services.

Learning Outcomes

The “It’s Not a Game” presentation supports University 101 learning outcomes:

II. Help Students Discover and Connect With the University of South Carolina

a. Identify appropriate campus resources and opportunities that contribute to their educational experience, goals, and campus engagement

This presentation will increase awareness as well as knowledge of resources available to students, faculty, and staff as it relates to interpersonal violence and sexual assault.

b. Develop and apply skills that contribute to building positive relationships with peers, staff and faculty

This presentation will increase awareness as well as knowledge of resources available to the students, faculty and staff as it relates to interpersonal violence and sexual assault.  Additionally, it will inform participants of the techniques and skills needed in order to be an accountable bystander.

III. Prepare Students for Responsible Lives in a Diverse, Interconnected, and Changing World

c. Describe and demonstrate principles of responsible citizenship within and beyond the campus community

Cultivate an environment where participants are active mentors and personally involved in exemplifying the Carolina Creed along with the awareness and knowledge to be accountable bystanders beyond the University of South Carolina and the Columbia community. 

As a result of attending this presentation students will:

  • Develop a better understanding of the cycle of violence and its impact on relationships, stalking, and sexual assault
  • Be able to identify unhealthy and healthy relationship indicators
  • Be more aware of situations that are high risk and cause negative consequences to their peers and the campus as a whole
  • Learn how to protect themselves and others
  • Learn the parameters of consent
  • Become more knowledgeable of the University's policy for sexual assault and consent as well as resources provided by the University

Presentation Outline

Guidelines for Discussion

  • Respect confidentiality
  • Use "I" statements
  • Respect each other's viewpoints
  • Avoid interrupting or cutting off people
  • If you feel uncomfortable, you may leave the room


  • Not everyone is sexually active
  • Survivors can be men, not just women
  • Survivors of interpersonal violence may be in the room
  • Not everyone is heterosexual


  • Relationship Violence:
    • The first portion of this section is to explain to the class what the Cycle of Violence is and its impact on relationship violence. There will also be discussion regarding the definition of domestic violence and how that affects students in their relationships.
    • The next portion of this section will cover healthy vs. unhealthy relationships. The activity is designed to analyze relationships, promote communication and boundaries, and to carefully consider the ambiguity that is often related to unhealthy vs healthy behaviors.
  • Sexual Assault:
    • The purpose of this section is to discuss the parameters of consent as outlined in the University policy as well as to address the topic of alcohol as a contributor to sexual assault.
    • Assault Scenario: this activity will give the class the opportunity to talk about sexual assault by depicting a scenario where two students have engaged in sexual activities, but there is no clear delineation made if the event is sexual assault or consensual. The discussion points that follow will address, among other things, statistics regarding sexual assault, what can be done, risk reduction, and how students can help their peers.
  • Conclusion:
    • Questions
    • Discuss Services
    • Evaluation

Presentation Length

50 minutes or 75 minutes or Other Presentation Length

Presenter Training

All staff and student presenters are trained by the staff in the Sexual Assault Violence Intervention & Prevention (SAVIP) office.  All presenters receive continuing education throughout the semester, including additional relevant presentation content, campus and community resources, and latest trends.