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Faculty and Staff Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training

Key Information

  • Preventing sexual misconduct – sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and relationship violence – is everyone’s shared responsibility.
    • We must confront this issue in an ongoing way at the University of Minnesota. While it causes harm to everyone, it disproportionately affects women and GLBTQIA members of our campus communities.
    • This issue continues to cross industries and communities of all types across the country.
  • Because we believe it is vitally important to the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community, the University is committed to providing training to all leaders, faculty, and staff systemwide.
  • Training is critical to create a community of common knowledge and common action. Training will inform students, faculty, and staff about University policies, how to intervene and support those affected by sexual misconduct, and our shared responsibilities as bystanders and representatives of the University community.
  • This training provides faculty and staff with tools to respond compassionately and seriously when they learn that a University community member has experienced sexual misconduct. It also explains their obligation to report possible sexual misconduct to their campus Title IX office.
  • Board of Regents policy (PDF)
  • Administrative policy


Q. How is the University of Minnesota addressing the important issue of sexual assault and harassment?
A. The President’s Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct is a University-wide effort to address this critical and urgent public health issue. The responsibility for preventing sexual misconduct – assault, harassment, stalking, and relationship violence – and creating a healthy and safe University community rests with all of us.

Q. What is involved in the training initiative? 
A. The initiative consists of two phases. 

Phase I consists of online training for all faculty and staff. The training emphasizes University policies, helps participants recognize forms of sexual misconduct, and prioritizes bystander intervention and victim support. All new faculty and staff will be expected to complete the training as well.

Phase II includes supplemental programming, such as academic leadership training, department-level training, and opportunities and resources for more in-depth discussion.

Q. How has the University community responded?
During our initial round of online training in 2018, 99.3 percent of all faculty and staff completed the training. The University is actively working to ensure all new faculty and staff promptly complete this required training as part of the onboarding process.  

Q. Where can I learn more about how to access and complete the training?
A. The Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct training for employees and supervisors can be found on the “My Training” page in the Training Hub once you have been assigned to take it. For further assistance, the University has prepared a step-by-step help guide. Once you complete the training, it will remain available to you through the Past Training tab on the My Training page.

Q. How will I know if I need to take the training? 
A. If you are assigned the training, you will receive an email notification with instructions and the due date to complete the training. 

Q. I took the training and would like to revisit it. Is that possible? 
If you have completed the training, you can review it at any time by following the instructions at the "Training Review: Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct" site.

Q. How long will I have to complete the training once I receive the email assignment?
A. You will be given approximately one month to complete the training. 

Q. Will supervisors and employees receive the same training? 
A. No. The training is tailored to supervisors and employees based on their roles, and to address their varied responsibilities.

Q. Are all senior leaders, faculty, and staff systemwide expected to take part in the training? 
A. Yes. This training is required for all University leaders, faculty and staff. Everyone is responsible for preventing sexual misconduct, and training is critical to create a community of common knowledge and common action.

Q. Are student workers required to take the training?
A. Graduate assistants and fellows will receive the training. However, those classified as "student workers" - typically undergraduate student workers - are not required to take this training developed for faculty and staff. Instead, student workers currently take the training developed for students. In a future phase, we will invite student workers to take the faculty and staff training.

Q. How much time will the training module take to complete?
The length of time required to complete the training varies from person to person. In most cases the training is expected to take at least 60 minutes. The training module tracks progress, allowing participants to return to their training at a later date.

Q. What will happen if I fail to complete the training? 
A. If you don’t complete the training, your supervisor will follow up with you as necessary. Training is considered part of your job duties and may be used by your supervisor to help track your performance. Everyone at the University is expected to treat this effort with the importance it demands. We all must work together to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of our campus communities.

Q. Will new faculty and staff, or those who return from sabbatical or leave, still be required to take it? 
A. Yes. Beginning November 2018, an ongoing, monthly process will enroll new faculty and staff, and those returning from leave, in the training.  

Q. I have taken prior trainings on my campus. Do I also need to take this training?
A. Yes. It is critical that everyone takes this comprehensive systemwide training.

Q. What should I do if I require accommodations because of disability, access to technology, communications, or other challenges I must overcome to participate? 
A. The University is committed to making training and information available to all faculty and staff. If you require accommodations, please speak to your supervisor or contact the University’s Disability Resource Center

Q. Will this training be provided to University volunteers?
A. We always welcome units to submit the names of anyone who was not assigned the training (e.g. volunteers, persons of interest, instructors, etc.). Please send to [email protected], and we will work with you to get the appropriate assignments made.

Q. I have been affected negatively by sexual misconduct and am uncomfortable about participating in this training. What should I do?
A. If you feel uncomfortable with the training, there are resources available to help support you in completing the training. Those resources include:

Twin Cities, Crookston, Morris, Rochester, Extension and ROCs

  • The Aurora Center
    • Web -
    • Office Phone - (612) 626-2929
    • 24 Hour Helpline -  (612) 626-9111
    • Text - (612) 615-8911 (text “TALK”)
    • In Person -  117 Appleby Hall, 128 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • Gender and Sexuality Center (Twin Cities Only)
  • Employee Assistance Program (provided by Sand Creek)


  • Director of Office of Diversity & Inclusion - Susana Pelayo Woodward
    • In Person - KSC 233
    • Phone - (218) 726-8444
  • Program Coordinator of Sexuality and Gender Initiatives - Roze Brooks
    • In Person - KSC 245
    • Phone - 218) 726-7300
  • The Women's Resource & Action Center
    • In Person - KSC 266
    • Phone - (218) 726-6292
  • The Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA)
    • In Person - 32 E 1st Street Suite 200 Duluth, MN 55802
      • Also, holds regular hours in the Women's Resource & Acton Center (KSC 266) on Mondays from 9am-11am & 12pm-3pm, Tuesdays from 1pm-4pm & 6pm-9pm, Wednesdays from 9am-11am & 12pm-3pm, Thursdays from 9am-5pm & 6pm-9pm, and Fridays from 9am-5pm.
    • 24-Hour Help Line - (218)726-1931
  • The Employee Assistance Program (provided by Sand Creek)
    • In Person - 925 E Superior Street, Ste 107
    • Phone - (218) 481-7477 or (888) 243-5744

Q. How was this training developed? 
A. This training was developed by EVERFI, and a version of it is used by higher education and other organizations across the country. EVERFI’s programs are built in collaboration with leading practitioners, researchers, and national thought leaders including renowned expert Dr. Alan Berkowitz.

The module was customized after review by members of University student, staff, and faculty governance groups, public health experts, senior leaders on each campus, and victim-advocacy and Title IX professionals.

Q. Are we among the first to require training of all faculty and staff compared to our higher ed peers? 
A. While the U of M is not the first, our approach is among the most comprehensive.

Q: How can I learn more about the University's efforts to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct?  
A: Visit to learn about programs, contacts and resources related to the prevention of and response to sexual misconduct on campus.