UC Sexual Violence Prevention and Intervention Curriculum

To help prevent sexual violence, all members of the UC community — students, staff, faculty and other academic appointees — are required to participate in sexual violence prevention and intervention training and education.

UC’s systemwide curriculum, tailored to each audience, educates our community about sexual violence, how to prevent it, the role of intervention and what local resources are available.

Key concepts covered in UC’s systemwide curriculum for every audience are:

  • Definitions of different forms of sexual violence
  • Social norms, including the attitudes and beliefs that can normalize violence
  • Bystander intervention
  • Responding to sexual violence using methods that acknowledge the impact of violence and trauma on survivors’ lives
  • Local resources, including confidential support for survivors of sexual violence and appropriate services for those accused of sexual violence
  • Rights and options about reporting sexual violence

To learn more about how to fulfill the education and training requirement on your campus:

Students: All incoming students are required to take the education and training program at their campus within the first six weeks of class. All continuing students are required to take ongoing education and training annually. To learn more about how to fulfill the education and training requirement at your campus, visit the CARE Office page for Mandatory Prevention Education at http://prevent-violence.ucmerced.edu/prevent-violence.ucmerced.edu/manda...

Faculty and Supervisors: Faculty and Supervisors are legally required to complete two hours of sexual harassment prevention training every two years, and new faculty and supervisors are required to take training within 90 days of hire. Starting January 2016, a systemwide faculty/supervisor training and education program was implemented that revised the content in the sexual harassment prevention training so that it meets UC’s systemwide curriculum. It also includes additional training for those who work directly with students such as faculty student advisors. Faculty and supervisors also receive training on their legal obligations to report sexual violence. In addition, faculty and supervisors will receive other violence prevention training on an annual basis reminding them of their obligation and processes for notifying Title IX offices about sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Staff and academic appointees who are not supervisors: Staff who are not supervisors are also required to complete sexual harassment and sexual violence prevention training. UC’s systemwide staff training and education program requires new employees to receive training within the first six weeks of hire. All staff will receive training annually, though the eCourse is due biennially. The training includes information on their responsibility to report sexual violence and sexual harassment if the incident involves a student.