Champaign, Ill. – Graduate and professional students, faculty and staff members will be asked to complete a mandatory online training program aimed at preventing discrimination and sexual violence.
Graduate and professional students will receive an email Feb. 15 with instructions on how to complete the training. Faculty and staff members will receive a similar email March 1. Training instructions will come from email@example.com. Undergraduate students are not required to undergo the training.
The training is a requirement of the federal Violence Against Women Act and the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, which designates almost all university employees as "responsible" reporters. The 90-minute training covers the topics of discrimination and harassment prevention, sexual violence, and reporting options and obligations.
Students and employees have 30 days to complete the training. The university will offer alternative training to those who do not work on a computer as part of their normal work duties.
“We demonstrate our commitment to safety and security through strong education and prevention programs to prevent and respond to crimes and other threats to our collective safety and security,” President Tim Killeen said in announcing the program, noting that he is making the training a personal priority.