Weber State survey shows online training about sexual assault works — when students take it

Nov 2, 2016 by

Most Weber State University students don’t pursue the sex assault training the school asks them to take online. But of those who do, more than 90 percent understood sexual consent and knew about campus disciplinary resources, according to a report.

The report was generated as part of Haven, a program used by multiple Utah colleges to assess and survey students on issues such as sexual assault. The 2015-2016 school year was the first time university officials asked Weber State’s 26,000 students to complete the training, which is split into two sessions designed to be completed weeks apart.

That year, 555 students completed the first session and 286 students completed the second.

Stephanie McClure, director of the university’s Women’s Center, was disappointed by the low participation, but she added that a software error left some student responses uncounted.

Weber State tells students they are expected to take the training, but there is no penalty if they do not. That may change in the coming years, McClure said.

The vast majority of students who took the training last school year were white, heterosexual and 21 years old or older. More than 50 percent of the participants were women.

Under a federal law called Title IX, schools must address sex assault by not only disciplining offenders but also protecting victims and eliminating the “hostile environment” created in the aftermath of an attack. A student who may have been the victim of a sexual assault is entitled to immediate services, such as housing changes and class adjustments or more lenient deadlines.

McClure said university officials work hard to make sure students understand their reporting options.

Source: Weber State survey shows online training about sexual assault works — when students take it | The Salt Lake Tribune

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