MADISON, WI – UW-Madison employees will be required to take an online sexual violence prevention education course starting this month as part of the university’s efforts to crack down on sexual assault and harassment on campus.
“Promoting Equity at UW–Madison by Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence” is a one hour primary prevention training module aimed to teach UW-Madison faculty definitions of sexual harassment, assault and stalking, as well as assault prevention strategies and information about reporting incidents.
The introduction of the new program comes just over a year after an Association of American Universities survey found high rates of female professional and graduate students reporting sexual harassment from professors at UW-Madison. Results from the survey showed that while just 4.1 percent of female undergraduates reported sexual harassment by university faculty, 32.9 percent of female graduate or professional students reported harassment by UW-Madison faculty, staff or administration.
The online training program—which will be hosted on the university program Learn@UW—was designed, developed and implemented in response federal, state and UW System expectations, but was also influenced by the recommendations made by the Sexual Assault Climate Survey Task Force, according to a faculty member who took part in the survey.
UW-Madison employees will be required to take a refresher course every three years. The university plans to have the program available in different languages by 2018.