Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment Prevention Education

Both the University and the campus community have made it a priority to ensure that harm and violence have no place at Cal. This can include, but is not limited to, hate or bias related incidents, sexual violence, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

Through numerous trainings, we are equipping our campus with the skills to recognize instances of potential harm or violence and offer help safely, be that by de-escalating, intervening, or reporting any potentially violent or concerning situations.
 


Faculty and Staff: 

Supervisory staff, non-supervisory staff and faculty: Please click here to see information regarding your required trainings.
 


New Students: 

Prevention Education Requirements
All students are required to complete trainings in order to be able to register for classes. This includes two components: an online training and an in-person presentation.

For New Fall 2016 Undergraduate Students*

  • Online training:Think About It: You are encouraged to complete this training prior to your arrival on campus.
    AND
  • In-person training: Bear Pact addresses important issues faced by college students: sexual violence and sexual harassment, mental health, and alcohol use. Students learn about the many ways to maintain a balanced lifestyle, and the resources on campus that can help you in this pursuit. Students will also gain strategies to take care of friends, classmates, and roommates. Bear Pact for 2016 incoming students occurred August 23.
  • *For students arriving in Spring 2017, we will update with dates for trainings, and proactively alert students.

 

For Graduate Students

  • Online training: Think About It for Graduate Students will be available beginning July 5; a personalized link will be emailed to your berkeley.edu email address.

AND

  • In-person training: This is an hour long in-person presentation during the first 6 weeks of semester. There are several options available:
    • Any graduate student can attend a general session at New Graduate Student Orientation on August 23 (registration required)
    • Some schools are offering sessions as part of their new student orientation activities; check with your program for more information.
    • A makeup session will be offered on September 10.
    • More information about in-person sessions for graduate students can be found here.

REMEMBER: Both components must be completed or a hold will be placed on your registration

Accommodations
Accommodations for students with disabilities needing to complete this requirement may be requested through the Disabled Students Program. Information regarding DSP can be found at http://dsp.berkeley.edu/


FAQ for New Student Sexual Assault Education Requirement

 

1. Why is this required?

Sexual violence and sexual harassment are crimes which can have a long lasting negative impact on health, well being, and academic success. To foster a safe living and learning environment, all entering students must complete mandatory education programming on sexual violence and sexual harassment.

2. How do I complete the requirement?

For Undergraduate Students

  • Online training: All new fall undergraduates are able to access the Think About It online module through CalCentral (calcentral.berkeley.edu). You are encouraged to complete this training prior to your arrival on campus.

    AND
  • In-person training: Bear Pact addresses important issues faced by college students: sexual violence and sexual harassment, mental health, and alcohol use. Students learn about the many ways to maintain a balanced lifestyle, and the resources on campus that can help you in this pursuit. Students will also gain strategies to take care of friends, classmates, and roommates. Bear Pact for 2016 incoming students will be available August 23.

For Graduate Students

  • Online training: Think About It for Graduate Students will be available beginning July 5; a personalized link will be emailed to your berkeley.edu email address and available at CalCentral.

    AND
  • In-person training: This is an hour long in-person presentation during the first 6 weeks of semester. There are several options available:
    • Any graduate student can attend a general session at New Graduate Student Orientation on August 23 (registration required)
    • Some schools are offering sessions as part of their new student orientation activities; check with your program for more information.
    • A makeup session will be offered on September 10.
    • More information about in-person sessions for graduate students can be found here.

3. I haven’t yet completed the trainings. What do I do now?

Online Training: The online trainings are available at any time. A personalized link is available at CalCentral.

In-person training: If you were unable to attend any of the in person sessions listed above, please contact email the appropriate Dean’s Office for additional information.

4. What happens if I don’t complete the requirement?

Students failing to complete programs will have a hold placed on their registration. The hold restricts student access to student services (e.g.UHS, RSF, libraries, parking/transit, etc) and can delay financial aid disbursement if the hold is not resolved. The hold will also impact enrolling in classes. The hold will stay in place until the requirement is completed. More information can be found at http://registrar.berkeley.edu/.

5. I participated in the in-person training but got an email saying I had not completed the requirement. What should I do?

If you received this email in error and have already completed the requirement, please email the appropriate Dean’s Office for instructions on submitting an appeal.

I have a campus job as an undergraduate student / appointment as a graduate student. Do I need to complete additional training?

Yes, and it's important to understand all the requirements that pertain to you, and how they differ.

All employees of the University are required to take the UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training that is designed specifically for employees. This online module is in addition to the prevention education for incoming students. An email with a personalized link to the training will be sent to you directly from the UCB Learning Center.

In addition, every first-time Graduate Student Instructor must also successfully complete the online course Professional Standards and Ethics for GSIs (which includes a module on sexual harassment and sexual violence) before they interact with students (either in person or online) in their role as an instructor. The GSI online ethics course module differs from the other trainings in that it focuses on sexual harassment issues as they may arise in the course of a GSI’s duties. To enroll in this course, please go to http://gsi.berkeley.edu/programs-services/ethics-course/

6. If I need accommodations for a physical or other disability to complete the requirement, where do I go?

Accommodations for students with disabilities needing to complete this requirement may be requested through the Disabled Students Program. Information regarding DSP can be found at http://dsp.berkeley.edu/.

7. Where can I get other questions answered?

If you have any additional questions regarding completion of this requirement, please submit them to the appropriate Dean’s Office.

For infromation about confidential survivor support resources or violence prevention efforts contact the Confidential CARE Advocate at (510) 642-1988 or visit: care.berkeley.edu


University Health Services offers students after-hours emergency consultation with a counselor 
and crisis resource referrals by calling (855) 817-5667.