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Message from the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies

This information has been updated for students starting their program in Spring 2021.

At Berkeley, we are committed to building a community that is safe and affirming for everyone. Each of us plays a vital part in supporting a campus environment where all persons are free from sexual violence and sexual harassment (SVSH), including behaviors such as gender harassment, retaliation, relationship violence, and stalking.

In this email, we outline resources and tools that can help you prevent and respond effectively to instances of sexual violence and harassment as well as information about two required trainings for all incoming graduate students, detailed below.

We recognize that graduate students have unique roles on and off campus. You are role models to other students. Many of you will be 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 positionalities 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, inclusion, and prevention. Graduate students, along with the entire campus community, have a shared responsibility for creating the culture we all want and deserve. We each have the skills to do this and need the confidence to use them. A goal of the required education is to reinforce standards of care and respect, and to foster healthy interactions and relationships both personally and professionally.

Graduate students who are employed by the University have another crucial role in helping to address and prevent sexual misconduct: the Responsible Employee obligation under Title IX. University of California policy defines all University employees as Responsible Employees unless they are designated as Confidential Resources. This means that, generally, if you are employed by UC, you must notify the Title IX office when you learn — while you are working — about an alleged incident of sexual violence or sexual harassment that involves a student. If you are unsure of your role or reporting obligations in general, or in a specific matter, please refer to the Responsible Employees FAQ or contact the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (the Title IX office) for a consultation.

University and Campus Resources

In all of your roles, we want you to feel informed about these issues and empowered to utilize our campus’ resources to gain knowledge and tools that can help you prevent and respond effectively to instances of sexual violence and harassment.

Required Trainings

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 that you understand your responsibility to complete two forms of training:

  1. Online training module*: We have partnered with EVERFI to provide an online prevention program called “Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students.”  You may access the training via your CalCentral Dashboard or by logging into the training platform directly using your CalNet credentials.
  2. Live prevention education webinar*: All incoming students must participate in a live Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training, “Cultivating a Respectful Graduate Community,” facilitated by your department and partners in the PATH to Care Center. Summer 2021: Students starting their programs during the summer 2021 term should expect to participate in a webinar scheduled by their home department. Please expect to receive more information about exact times from your program administrator.

Thank you for sharing our commitment to fostering a safe and welcoming community where all can do their best work!

*Content Warning: This training is about the prevention of sexual assault 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 pathtocare@berkeley.edu.  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