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Education & Training

To help prevent sexual violence, all members of the UC community — students, staff, faculty and other academic appointees — are required to receive sexual violence prevention and intervention training and education regularly.

UC’s systemwide curriculum, tailored to each audience, educates our community about sexual violence, how to prevent it, the role of intervention, and what local resources are available.

Key concepts covered in UC’s systemwide curriculum for every audience are:

  • Definitions of different forms of sexual violence
  • Social norms, including the attitudes and beliefs that can normalize violence
  • Bystander intervention
  • Responding to sexual violence using methods that acknowledge the impact of violence and trauma on survivors’ lives
  • Local resources, including confidential support for survivors of sexual violence and appropriate services for those accused of sexual violence
  • Rights and options about reporting sexual violence

Undergraduate Students: All incoming undergraduate students are required to take the education and training program at UCSB within the first six weeks of class. Starting in fall 2015, all continuing undergraduate students are required to take ongoing education and training annually.

Prior to their arrival on campus, new students will receive emails from UCSB containing information related to registration for their required education and training. Continuing students will receive information about their required education and training during the academic year.

Graduate and Professional Students: UCSB's Graduate Division requires all entering graduate and professional students to complete sexual harassment prevention training during their first year of attendance. This training must be completed by May of the same academic year. Starting in fall 2015, all continuing graduate and professional students are required to take ongoing education and training annually.

For more information about how graduate and professional students can fulfill this education and training requirement at UCSB, visit the TA & Graduate Student Sexual Harassment Prevention Training webpage.

Faculty and Supervisors: Faculty and supervisors are required to complete two hours of sexual harassment prevention training every two years, and new faculty and supervisors are required to take training within the first six months of hire. Starting January 2016, a systemwide faculty training and education plan will be implemented that will revise the content in the current sexual harassment prevention training so that it meets UC’s systemwide curriculum. This will include additional training for those who work directly with students such as faculty student advisors. Faculty and supervisors will also receive training on their legal obligations to report sexual violence.

Staff and academic appointees who are not supervisors: Starting December 2015, a systemwide staff training and education plan will be implemented that will require new employees to receive training within the first six weeks of hire. Additionally, continuing staff will receive training annually. Designated employees who are required to report sexual violence to a Title IX Officer (sexual harassment officer) will receive training on their legal obligations.

You may visit our Campus Title IX & Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance Office Training webpage for more information about our Campus specific education and training being offered.