The University of Colorado Boulder provides ongoing education programs to prevent intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking, including programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking and primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees.
I Wish I’d Known: Community Health (CH) presents a one-hour session for all incoming students during new student orientation covering the top health issues that impact student persistence and success during college. This session is professionally developed and assessed, and peer-delivered.
This session covers the definition of consent, including choices that do not constitute consent for sexual activity. It also covers what someone might be feeling or thinking when making a decision about a sexual situation. A short edited version of the Laci Green video from YouTube is shown and a discussion follows regarding how the use of alcohol impacts a person’s ability to give or get sexual consent. After the video, the presenters reiterate the meaning of consent— that it requires someone saying “yes” not just the absence of “no”, that a person’s words and actions should match, and that drinking or using drugs to the point of incapacitation means that a person is unable to consent to sexual activity.
What the Help?!: This bystander skills training session, which is professionally delivered and research-based, is provided during new student orientation. The session helps to maximize students’ helper identity and explores factors that promote or prevent helping behavior.
Through the use of video, student interviews, and opportunities to practice applying bystander skills to real-world situations, this program increases students’ ability to notice situations when someone needs assistance, improves skills for effectively intervening in a variety of situations, and increases the number of helping students at CU Boulder.
Student’s Rights and Responsibilities: The Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) and the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) present an orientation session to all incoming undergraduate students. This session provides information on sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking. OSC discusses the policies, OVA discusses definitions, gives examples and talks about impact and resources, as well as discussing consent.
CH offers several programs that are primarily for students, but are also appropriate for staff and faculty. These provide information on risk and warning signs of sexual assault and abusive or unhealthy relationships.
With Pleasure: A Conversation about Sex and Relationships: A workshop that explores issues related to healthy relationships and sexuality. It includes basic information and skills on sexual health, contraception, and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). This session addresses the roles of communication, negotiation, and consent as they relate to relationships and sexual behavior.
What is Gender Violence Anyway?: In this interactive, discussion-based session, participants learn and discuss what gender violence includes, prevalence, characteristics of perpetrators, and risk factors associated with the college environment. Students also discuss different situations and practice addressing typical situations they may encounter.
Sex You Want…Sex You Don't Want: Explores internal and external factors that both support and hinder sexual decision-making. Sexual agency is examined along with skills for improving communication about boundaries and desires, and for identifying and responding to coercive tactics used in relationships.
It’s Complicated: This session addresses relationships and dating violence. Participants explore dynamics in their personal relationships through several activities and educational handouts that address warning signs of abuse and coercive tactics. They explore barriers to identifying abuse and safe and effective ways to help a friend in an abusive relationship. These include both in-the-moment and after-the-fact options. Statistics and definitions are covered as way of introducing these topics.
I Wish I'd Known 2.0 (Sex): A booster session that helps students better understand sexual health, sexual consent, and how alcohol impacts sexual decision-making.
These Community Health programs are offered throughout the academic year and presented in residence halls, when requested by professors for their courses, and for student groups and student leaders. Open sessions are held at Wardenburg Health Center approximately every three weeks. These sessions are promoted through a variety of communication platforms and channels on campus. Community Health trains residence life staff, patient providers at the Wardenburg Student Health Center, and Student Affairs staff on an annual basis.
Training for Students
The Office of Student Conduct has available online training directed at students which includes content on sexual assault, consent, intimate partner abuse, and gender-based stalking along with information on the process for reporting incidents and what to expect when a report is filed.
Training for Faculty and Staff
The Office of Discrimination and Harassment provides mandatory training for all employees, including student employees, within the first 30 days of employment. All faculty members must complete the training within their first semester of employment. After completing an initial on-site or online ODH training course, all employees are required to refresh their ODH training once every 5 years; however, some departments require employees to complete training more frequently.
Prior to classes commencing in August of each year, the ODH conducts several large-scale, in-person training sessions for key populations who are likely to become aware of issues of sexual harassment or assault as they arise for students, faculty, and staff. These populations include graduate teaching assistants and instructors, resident advisors and community assistants, new faculty, and student employees for large departments such as housing and dining services.
ODH training includes information on the sexual harassment policy, the discrimination and harassment policy, and the conflict of interest in cases of amorous relationships policy. Both the online and on-site presentations focus on the real-life applications of these policies and the way in which cases arise in the classroom, workplace, and living environment. Specifically, with respect to the sexual harassment policy, ODH training defines sexual harassment and includes a discussion as to what constitutes quid pro quo sexual harassment and hostile environment sexual harassment. The training provides information on and defines unwelcomeness, severity and pervasiveness, and the objective and subjective standards. The trainings clarify the overlap between sexual harassment and other behaviors, including providing definitions of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Awareness Campaigns and Materials
Community Health provides educational materials and training for students and professionals on gender violence prevention. They have ongoing awareness campaigns designed and tested with students through focus groups. Campaign efforts are tracked and assessed on an annual basis.
The “Just Because” campaign addressing sexual assault awareness was launched this fall and some of the campaign messages used during an orientation session for incoming students during the summer of 2013. Another campaign “Hard Call,” that addresses bystander behavior in a variety of contexts, was launched simultaneously.