Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
Message from the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
At Berkeley, we have a shared interest in sustaining a community that is safe and affirming. Each of us plays a vital part in supporting the University’s commitment to a campus environment where all persons are free from sexual violence and sexual harassment (SVSH), including behaviors such as retaliation, dating and domestic violence, and stalking.
We recognize that graduate students have unique roles on and off campus. You are role models to younger students, and mentors and teachers of undergraduates. You depend on productive relationships with faculty who are your advisors or supervisors. You are future professionals in training. These unique and dynamic experiences are in addition to the various roles and responsibilities you undertake outside of campus. These different roles place you in a pivotal position to promote a culture of respect.
We want you to feel informed, in all of your roles, and empowered to utilize our campus’s resources to gain knowledge and tools that can help you prevent and respond effectively to instances of sexual violence and harassment:
- All UC campuses provide prevention education to graduate and professional students (as well as to undergraduates, staff, and faculty) and you are required to complete certain elements; more information is provided at the end of this letter. Additionally, there are many resources to help you learn more about preventing and responding to SVSH.
- The UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment prohibits sexual violence and sexual harassment, including behaviors such as retaliation, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. All UC affiliates, including graduate and professional students, have a right to support services and a grievance process.
- Students can bring complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence to a campus administrative office (the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination), to law enforcement (UCPD) or a federal agency (the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education).
Along with other elements of your graduate education that you are required to complete during your studies, prevention education training is required for incoming students to ensure that new students are aware of our community expectations of respect, as well as your rights and resources. Please be sure you understand your responsibility to complete two forms of training:
(1) An online training module called “Think About It: Graduate Students,” administered by our partner Campus Clarity, and
(2) An in-person prevention education training. Options to complete this training are scheduled at the beginning of each term and at select department orientations. Students in online degree programs are exempt from this requirement.
Thank you for sharing our commitment to a safe and welcoming community where all can do their best work!
Fiona M. Doyle
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
Dean of the Graduate Division
Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering
As of Fall 2015, all incoming graduate and professional students are required to complete:
(1) an online educational program* — called Think About It: Graduate Students— before registering for courses.
Incoming students should have received an email message from Campus Clarity on June 15, 2018 containing a personalized link to this training. Though it should have been sent to your Berkeley email, if your bMail account was only activated within the past two weeks, it may have been sent to your personal email address. Please check your inboxes and spam folders for an email from email@example.com
(Note that this online training is different from other online training requirements for students who are GSIs or other campus employees. Completion of one kind of training does not substitute for completion of any other, as each is designed specifically to address different roles and responsibilities.)
(2) an in-person training* — to be completed within the first six weeks of the start of your program.
Students in online programs are exempt from this requirement.
For Students Entering Fall 2018: Hour-long in-person presentations will be held at New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) and at select department orientations. Please check back after June 25, 2018 for an updated list of options to complete this training. Students who have not completed the in-person training by the end of the 6th week of the fall semester will receive holds on your enrollment for Spring 2019.
For Students Entering Summer 2018: Hour-long in-person presentations will be held as part of your program orientation (list below). Please confirm the date and time with your department administrator or advisor. If you are not sure, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org for confirmation. Students who have not completed the in-person training by the end of the 6th week of the fall semester will receive holds on your enrollment for Fall 2018.
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For Students Who Entered Spring 2018 and Prior: In order to clear an enrollment hold due to an incomplete in-person training requirement, please email email@example.com for options.
*Content Warning: These trainings are about the prevention of sexual violence and sexual harassment. These forms of harm are much too common, and we recognize that many people in our community have experienced them. If you have concerns about completing the requirements due to personal history, please contact a Confidential Advocate through the PATH to Care Center office line: 510-642-1988 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For 24/7 urgent support, call the Care Line at 510-643-2005.
UC Berkeley offers the training and tools you need for Sexual Violence Prevention and Response
- Familiarize yourself with the most up-to-date information on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response.
- Understand the student Code of Conduct.
- Understand the prohibited behaviors according to UCOP policy