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Message from the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies

This information has been updated for students starting their program in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

*Content Warning: This page contains information about training requirements for 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, you may request an accommodation and support by filling out this form. We ask this request be reserved for students impacted by sexual violence and sexual harassment and/or histories of trauma, violence, or harassment.

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.

Here, 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 (except those in online-only programs) 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 2022: Departments will be hosting their own webinars as part of the program orientation for their students. Please wait to receive more information from your program administrators about dates and times.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

I was previously an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley and took a training when I started. Do I have to do it again?
Yes. The graduate student trainings are distinct and have different content than the trainings designed for undergraduate students.

I started my graduate program between 2016-2020 and am starting a concurrent degree program or adding a degree goal. I have already taken the training. Do I have to do it again?
If you have already taken the graduate student versions of the trainings AND it is recorded in CalCentral, you do not need to take a second training. Please reply to this email with your Student ID number so we can correct the assignments in CalCentral.

I have been personally impacted by sexual violence, sexual harassment and/or a history of trauma. I am concerned that completing these requirements will be triggering.
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, you may request an accommodation and support by filling out this form.

Online Training Questions

I can’t find the link to the online training in CalCentral.
You may log in directly to the learning platform

I receive an error message when I try to log in with my CalNet ID.
Please check your browser settings and make sure they meet the minimum requirements from EverFi.
You should also try clearing your cache or logging in with a private (or incognito) window.

I can’t advance past a scenario or video in the module.
Make sure that every video plays through to its conclusion before answering the questions. Answering the questions before the video plays through can cause a looping issue where it goes back to a previous question.

Any other technical issues with the course will need to be resolved by contacting EverFi/Foundry technical support directly (from the “Tools” menu in the upper right-hand corner of your Learner Dashboard).

Live Training Questions

I’m trying to register for a webinar with my Berkeley email address, but get an error message that says “This meeting is for authorized registrants only.”
Have you activated your UCB licensed Zoom account?

I’ve registered for a webinar. Why has my task not been cleared?
Tasks will be cleared automatically 24-48 hours after attending the webinar. A student must have been logged into more than 75% of the webinar in order to qualify as present. While it is helpful for you to be logged in with your Berkeley email address, it is not required (Instructions).

I already attended a live webinar, how can I get credit for attending?
We use Zoom Attendance Reports to check attendance. Please reply to this email with the following information so that we can review those logs.
– Name and SID number.
– Date and time of the session you attended.
– Any alternate email addresses you may have logged into Zoom with.

Alternative Assignment

I have a scheduling conflict with the available times.
Students who have conflicts with the schedule may complete an alternative assignment.

I submitted my assignment. Why has my task not been cleared?
It may take 5-7 business days for your assignment to be graded. Your task will remain incomplete in CalCentral until you receive a passing grade of 80%.

UC Berkeley offers the training and tools you need for Sexual Violence Prevention and Response