University Training and Education

University Training and Education

An effective university or college-wide response to violence against women requires comprehensive training, delivered by qualified professionals, to the variety of systems that students may encounter. Universities must include an effective first response to survivors, an effective plan for perpetrator accountability, and prevention programming and education.

Training Requirements

The following individuals should receive training to strengthen effective security and investigation strategies, to educate, and to prevent and or prosecute/adjudicate dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking:

  • Judicial Affairs staff
  • Judicial Affairs panelists
  • Public Safety Officers

For more information on Judicial Affairs Training, click here.

The following departments should receive training to effectively respond to and provide referrals for survivors:

  • Residential staff
  • Clinical care providers
  • Medical staff
  • Counseling staff
  • Student affairs staff

In addition, the following individuals should receive training:

  • Senior management, including presidents, provosts, chancellors, vice provosts, and other senior management should be educated on these issues. , should be educated on these issues in order to effectively monitor programming as well as accurately represent the University’s stance on these issues. This training should heighten consistency between actual practice and the face of the university, including ensuring that senior management do not make victim-blaming statements to the public.
  • Human Resources staff should receive training to ensure that staff is equipped to respond to coworkers experiencing domestic violence.
  • Sexual Violence and Relationship Abuse Advisers from each department should be established and should receive in depth training to be resources and first responders for their respective communities.

Training Resources