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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, relationship 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.

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, don’t hesitate to contact the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (the Title IX office) for a consultation.

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:

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 “Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students” administered by our partner EVERFI. This training will be made available in your CalCentral Dashboard on August 1, 2019 and must be completed before the start of instruction, or a hold will be placed on your Spring 2020 enrollment.

(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. Register for a session here. This training must be completed by October 4, 2019, or a hold will be placed on your Spring 2020 enrollment. 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!

Lisa García Bedolla

Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
Dean of the Graduate Division

All incoming graduate and professional students are required to complete:

(1) an online training module*: We have partnered with EVERFI to provide an online prevention program called “Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students.” This training will be made available in your CalCentral Dashboard on August 1, 2019 and must be completed before the start of instruction.

(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-only programs are exempt from this requirement.

For Students Entering Summer 2019: Students in programs that begin during the summer term will be expected to complete the training within six weeks of the start of their program. These trainings will be coordinated by your home department. Please check in with your program administrators for details.

For Students Entering Fall 2019: In-person trainings will be provided at New Graduate Student Orientation and at select department orientations. Register for a session here. In-person training must be completed by October 4, 2019. If you do not complete the in-person training by the end of the 6th week of the semester, a hold will be placed on your enrollment for Spring 2020.

For Students Entering Spring 2019 and Prior: In order to clear an enrollment hold due to an incomplete in-person training requirement, please email gradlife@berkeley.edu for options.

*Content WarningThese 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: 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