Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment Prevention Education
Both the University and the campus community have made it a priority to ensure that harm and violence have no place at Cal. This can include, but is not limited to, hate or bias related incidents, sexual violence, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
Through numerous trainings, we are equipping our campus with the skills to build a better campus environment, and recognize instances of potential harm or violence and offer help safely, be that by de-escalating, intervening, or reporting any potentially violent or concerning situations.
Prevention Education Requirements
All New Students
Prevention Education Requirements
At Berkeley, our most important values include treating one another with respect, honesty, and integrity. Our campus strives to foster inclusivity, as well as our students’ physical and mental well-being. The University believes that harm and violence have no place at Cal, including hate or bias-related incidents, sexual violence, dating/intimate partner violence, stalking, bullying, and hazing.
All incoming first-year and transfer undergraduate students are required to complete multiple training sessions in order to be able to register for classes for the spring semester. This includes:
For Spring 2020 incoming first-year and transfer undergraduate students
ACTION ITEM: Online training: Please take the required online training prior to your arrival on campus. You can access the online training through CalCentral (calcentral.berkeley.edu).
Undergraduate Prevention Education will help you understand University policies, resources, and ways in which you can be an active bystander and community leader in preventing sexual harassment and violence in our community. This new undergraduate prevention training became available via CalCentral starting December 11 (live now), and must be completed by January 10.
In-person prevention education: In addition to online training there will be an in-person presentation and an interactive component. Bear Pact addresses sexual violence and harassment, mental health, and use of alcohol and other drugs, and occurs on campus during Golden Bear Orientation. In addition, students will also engage in a small group dialogue. No other action is needed on your part for this requirement other than to attend Golden Bear Orientation.
As a reminder, if you do not complete the requirements by their deadlines, you will face administrative blocks and will not be able to register for classes for the fall 2020 semester.
For New Fall 2020 Undergraduate Students
- Information coming soon.
For Graduate Students - Fall 2019
For more information, see the Message from the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies.
All incoming graduate and professional students are required to complete:
(1) an online training module*: We have partnered with EVERFI to provide an online prevention program called “Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students.” This training will be made available in your CalCentral Dashboard on August 1, 2019 and must be completed before the start of instruction.
(Note that this online training is different from other online training requirements for students who are GSIs or other campus employees. Completion of one kind of training does not substitute for completion of any other, as each is designed specifically to address different roles and responsibilities.)
(2) an in-person training* — to be completed within the first six weeks of the start of your program.
Students in online-only programs are exempt from this requirement.
For Students Entering Summer 2019: Students in programs that begin during the summer term will be expected to complete the training within six weeks of the start of their program. These trainings will be coordinated by your home department. Please check in with your program administrators for details.
For Students Entering Fall 2019: In-person trainings will be provided at New Graduate Student Orientation and at select department orientations. Register for a session here. In-person training must be completed by October 4, 2019. If you do not complete the in-person training by the end of the 6th week of the semester, a hold will be placed on your enrollment for Spring 2020.
For Students Entering Spring 2019 and Prior: In order to clear an enrollment hold due to an incomplete in-person training requirement, please email email@example.com for options.
*Content Warning: These trainings are about the prevention of sexual violence and sexual harassment. These forms of harm are much too common, and we recognize that many people in our community have experienced them. If you have concerns about completing the requirements due to personal history, please contact a Confidential Advocate through the PATH to Care Center office line: 510-642-1988 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For 24/7 urgent support, call the Care Line at 510-643-2005.
Continuing Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Students
All students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional students) are required to complete an annual refresher training with prevention and response resources.
To access the training:
- Go to calcentral.berkeley.edu
- Check “Notifications”
- Follow the link and instructions
Training Available: January 14, 2020
Training Due: February 14, 2020
Graduate and professional students:
Training Available: January 14, 2020
Training Due: February 14, 2020
Staff and Faculty
Staff and faculty employees, including postdocs and researchers, must complete training annually. Non-supervisory staff complete an one-hour online course (or in-person alternative) every year. Faculty and those staff who supervise others alternate between a two-hour and a shorter online course (one per year). Employees must complete their initial training within 90 days of hire.
Accommodations for students with disabilities needing to complete this requirement may be requested through the Disabled Students Program. Information regarding DSP can be found at dsp.berkeley.edu
New Student Education and Annual Refresher Training Requirements FAQs
Why is training required?
Sexual violence and sexual harassment are crimes which can have a long lasting negative impact on health, well being, and academic success. To foster a safe living and learning environment, all entering students must complete mandatory education programming on sexual violence and sexual harassment.
Is the annual refresher training required?
Yes. All continuing students are required to complete this annual refresher. The Graduate Division and the Office of the Dean of Students will communicate with students who do not complete the annual refresher.
Why is UC Berkeley implementing the annual refresher training?
A cross-section of UC Berkeley departments have collaborated to enhance prevention campus-wide for a number of years. Since 2014, there have been enhancements and new requirements for students, staff, and faculty. This new annual refresher is the continuation of those prevention efforts. At UC Berkeley, all of our community--students, staff, and faculty alike--complete an annual training.
Who has to take the annual refresher training?
The annual refresher training is required for all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students (other than those who have completed new student prevention education within the last two semesters).
I missed the in-person presentations or have not completed online training. What do I do now?
Online Training: The online trainings are available at any time. A personalized link is available at CalCentral.
In-person training: If you were unable to attend any of the in person sessions listed above, please contact email the appropriate Dean’s Office for additional information.
What happens if I do not complete the requirement?
Students failing to complete programs will have a hold placed on their registration. The hold restricts student access to student services (e.g.UHS, RSF, libraries, parking/transit, etc) and can delay financial aid disbursement if the hold is not resolved. The hold will also impact enrolling in classes. The hold will stay in place until the requirement is completed. More information can be found at registrar.berkeley.edu.
I participated in the in-person training but got an email saying I had not completed the requirement. What should I do?
I have a campus job as an undergraduate/ appointment as a graduate student. Do I need to complete additional training?
Yes, and it's important to understand all the requirements that pertain to you, and how they differ.
All employees of the University are required to take the UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training that is designed specifically for employees. This online module is in addition to the prevention education for incoming students. An email with a personalized link to the training will be sent to you directly from the UCB Learning Center.
In addition, every first-time Graduate Student Instructor must also successfully complete the online course Professional Standards and Ethics for GSIs (which includes a module on sexual harassment and sexual violence) before they interact with students (either in person or online) in their role as an instructor. The GSI online ethics course module differs from the other trainings in that it focuses on sexual harassment issues as they may arise in the course of a GSI’s duties. To enroll in this course, please go to gsi.berkeley.edu/programs-services/ethics-course
If I need accommodations for a physical or other disability to complete the requirement, where do I go?
Accommodations for students with disabilities needing to complete this requirement may be requested through the Disabled Students Program. Information regarding DSP can be found at dsp.berkeley.edu.
I have past experience with violence and I'm worried about doing this training. Where can I go?
This training is about forms of harm that are much too common, and we recognize that many people in our community have experienced violence and harassment. If you have concerns about completing this training due to a history of trauma, please direct contact a confidential advocate through the PATH to Care Center office line: 510-642-1988. For 24/7 urgent support, call the Care Line at 510-643-2005.
Where can I get other questions answered?
If you have any additional questions regarding completion of this requirement, please submit them to the appropriate Dean’s Office.
For information about confidential survivor support resources or violence prevention efforts contact the PATH to Care Center at 510-642-1988 (answered Monday - Friday 9am - 4:30pm) or visit: care.berkeley.edu
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