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Frequently Asked Questions

Education & Training

What is the sexual violence prevention education and training requirement for students, faculty and staff?

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.

What concepts are covered in UC’s education and training program?

The key concepts covered in UC’s systemwide curriculum 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

Do I have to take education and training every year?

For students, education and training is an annual requirement as part of UC’s efforts to prevent sexual violence on campuses. The systemwide education and training program for faculty and staff is being developed, and is expected to include training every year.

Is the education and training course the same at every UC campus?

The core elements of the curriculum are consistent across the UC system; however, campuses have flexibility in the way they deliver the UC systemwide curriculum. For example, some campuses offer an online course while others provide in-person training.

Do students, faculty and staff take the same education and training course?

The key concepts are the same for all audiences, but the curriculum is tailored to what each audience needs to know. For example, faculty, other supervisors, and staff (including academic personnel who are not supervisors) will receive tailored training on their legal responsibilities to report sexual violence as well as how to help students affected by sexual violence.

Does this new systemwide education and training replace the sexual harassment prevention training that faculty and staff currently are required to take every two years?

The plan is to revise the content in the current sexual harassment prevention training so that it meets UC’s systemwide curriculum. Specifically, the revised content will provide information for faculty and supervisors on how to notify the university if they receive an allegation of sexual violence/assault/harassment. Faculty and academic appointees who work directly with students would be required to take additional training.