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Gender Violence Prevention and Education

Prevention and Education Requirements

Best practice tells us that ongoing education is the best way to help students learn new skills and create a culture change toward the eradication of gender violence on college campuses. As a result, the Health and Counseling Center has partnered with different campus units to support multi-dose and multiplatform programs to help students build their skills and expertise. You can earn more about each of our programs below.

We also know that some students coming to DU have already, in some way, been impacted by gender violence. If completing any of the requirements or discussing these topics could be activating for you, we invite you to do what you need in order to take care of yourself.

If completing the Gender Violence Prevention and Education program requirements is not something you are able to do due to personal experiences with gender violence, please contact CAPE@du.edu. You do not need to disclose your experience, but can indicate that you would like to be exempt for personal reasons. One of the confidential advocates from CAPE will reach out to you with resources and information.

Pre-Orientation Online Module
Before they come to campus, students are required to complete "Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates," an online module created by Everfi. Topics include consent, power dynamics, student values, prohibited conduct, and how to appropriate respond to potentially risky situations. More information is provided as part of the enrollment and summer pre-Discoveries Orientation process.
Discoveries Orientation

As part of Discoveries Orientation, students will have the opportunity to review content covered in Everfi ("Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates") and to explore their own views and beliefs about college life. Topics covered include alcohol use, consent, sexual health, relationships, and active bystander skills.

Intervene: DU Active Bystander Workshop

In 2017, the Undergraduate Student Government passed a resolution institutionalizing a requirement that all incoming, first year students are required to complete active bystander training by Week 6 of Winter Quarter each academic year. Health Promotion is supporting this student led initiative by providing "Intervene: DU" active bystander workshop. This is facilitated by trained peer educators.

In the 2020-2021 academic year, new students have until Friday, February 5th to attend Intervene: DU. If a student does not complete the requirement by February 5th, a hold will be placed on their account, which will prevent them from registering for Spring 2020 courses.

Intervene: DU workshops are offered multiple times per week during Fall and Winter quarters at different times to accommodate student schedules. This Fall Quarter, all workshops will be held virtually via Zoom. Visit the Health Promotion page in Crimson Connect (https://crimsonconnect.du.edu/hcchp/home/) to sign up!

RSO Ongoing Harm Prevention Workshop Requirement

As part of the 2017 Undergraduate Student Government resolution, in order to receive funding, a Registered Student Organization (RSO) must annually select a workshop from one for four content areas and ensure that their organization leadership as well as 75% (or more) of their membership completes that program. To support this requirement, both Health Promotion and Inclusion and Equity Education will provide the content for the programs.

The workshops cover specific content areas: alcohol use, mental health, diversity and inclusion, and gender-based violence. You will be able to request a training beginning Sept 14. Request a training here (http://cglink.me/s30901). Each year your organization can select a different program, though no penalty will result if you select the same program 2 years in a row.

You will have until the Spring Quarter recertification process to request, complete, and track attendance of the program. This requirement is an important step in creating a safe and inclusive DU community. Thank you for supporting this goal!

Requirement FAQs

How do I request a workshop?
Each workshop covers specific content areas: alcohol use, mental health, diversity and inclusion, and gender-based violence. Determine which one will best meet the needs and interests of your organization (pro tip: try and pick a different workshop each year!). You will be able to request a training beginning Sept 14. Request a training here (http://cglink.me/s30901).

What happens if I don't get my first choice in workshop topic for the year?
Occasionally, the staff people responsible for facilitating the workshop may have a schedule conflict for the time you request. We will do our best to accommodate your first choice, though it may not be feasible. If you submit your request with more than 2 weeks in advance of the requested date, the staff facilitator may be able to work with you to explore other dates or times; get your requests in as early as you can to allow for scheduling.

How do you track attendance for Intervene: DU and/or the RSO Requirement workshops?
Once your request for a workshop has been approved and confirmed, you'll be invited to co-host an event in Crimson Connect. Invite your members to that event, and ensure that they register.

At the event, the facilitators of the workshop will check in attendees at the beginning of the workshop. Attendees must arrive on time in order to be checked in. At the end of the workshop, the facilitators will check-out the attendees who have attended the entire training. If attendees have registered for the event, checked in, and checked out, they will receive a badge in Crimson Connect indicating their completion of their requirement.

How do you know if 75% of my organization has completed the requirement?
Using the badges assigned to members who have successfully completed the workshop, you will be able to calculate if 75% of your organization membership (in addition to the leaders) have completed the requirement. Student organization members who have been exempted from the workshop requirement for personal reasons will not count against the 75% attendance requirement.

Once you believe you have met the 75%, reach out to Forrest.James@du.edu to confirm.

What if a member of my organization finds the content to be activating for personal reasons?
We understand that some of the topics covered in the training may be particularly difficult to discuss for personal reasons. If completing the gender-based violence workshop may be activating, please email CAPE@du.edu to talk to a confidential advocate about alternatives for the requirements. For concerns about the alcohol-based workshop or the suicide prevention workshop, please email hcc.thrive@du.edu.

One of the members of my organization says they have been exempted from a training, or otherwise says they can't go. What do I do?
If a member of your organization says they have been exempted from the workshop requirement, it is important that you not force them to disclose the reason why. The Office of Student Engagement will be tracking exemptions and will ensure they do not count against your 75% attendance requirement.

If they are unable to attend for reasons related to personal experience or activation, please refer to them to either CAPE@du.edu (for the gender-based violence workshop) or hcc.thrive@du.edu (for the alcohol and suicide prevention workshops) to explore exemption and support options.

If they are unable to attend due to a schedule conflict, or simply do not want to go, this is not a valid exemption reason. They can attend an open training (these will be posted in Crimson Connect), or other members can attend to meet the 75% attendance requirement in their place.

My organization has values or beliefs that may conflict with some of the workshop topics. Do we still have to complete the workshop?
The four workshop options for the RSO requirement meet essential public health needs for the DU community. Completing a workshop is required annually for all registered student organizations (RSO's) in order to receive funding. In support of our different student organizations, each of the workshops can be tailored while still maintaining the essential content. When you fill out the workshop request form, be sure to indicate your needs or preferences in the appropriate question box.

If you have questions, or would like to talk to a staff person about a workshop, you can reach out to the following email addresses:

Suicide Prevention, Alcohol Skills, and Gender-Based Violence workshops: hcc.thrive@du.edu
Microaggressions and bias workshop: igr@du.edu

Remember, you must submit your requests for the workshop at least 2 weeks in advance of the facilitation date you request. If you would like the facilitator to work with you on the content of the workshop, we suggest submitting your request 3+ weeks in advance.

What if members of my organization have already completed a workshop for the RSO requirement this year? Will they need to attend another one?
If members of your organization are members of another or multiple student organizations, and they attend an RSO requirement-approved workshop with their other organization(s), they do not have to attend a second (or more) training with each organization they belong to. You should confirm their attendance and completion of the other workshop to ensure compliance.