Best Practices in Training for Campus Sexual Violence Prevention

Sexual Violence Prevention Training Best Practices

Posted on 18 February 2016 |

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Changing Campus Culture and Teaching Legal Responsibility

campus sexual violence prevention trainingPick up any newspaper and you’re likely to see a headline about the mishandling of sexual assault cases at colleges and universities. The prevalence of sexual assault, and the mishandling of investigations, evidence and outcomes has thrown a national spotlight on troubling issues facing America today.

Now, higher education institutions are making efforts to fix these problems. And part of that includes training faculty, staff and administrators on the various laws designed to prevent sexual violence: Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act and the Clery Act.

The problem is that all training isn’t the same. Here are some of the things to look for when your campus is evaluating sexual violence prevention training courses.

Questions to Ask When Evaluating Training

Is it available anytime, anywhere?

Online training gives learners access to the material anytime they need it and from any location. Additionally, learning management system (LMS) software allows for instantaneous distribution of the courses through one simple platform. It also allows learners to review the courses at their own speed and return any time to review material. Finally, online courses allow learners to use whichever device they are most comfortable with: laptop or desktop computers, tablets and iPads, or even mobile smart phones.

What is the instructional design methodology?

Because the training covers complex legal principles that the learner must be able to apply to unpredictable situations, the instructional design methodology needs to be easy to follow. One of the best solutions is a story-based learning approach.

This approach reviews the law, then immediately puts it into practice with stories, games and questions that expand the storyline and allow learners to test their skills by applying the legal principles to real-world situations.

This methodology helps faculty and staff understand their reporting responsibilities regarding crimes of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, harassment and discrimination—both among students, and among other employees.

What are the reporting capabilities?

One of the reasons campuses provide sexual violence prevention training is because it’s mandated by law. This means every campus must maintain detailed records of who has taken the training and when they took it, or face fines or possible loss of federal funding.

That’s why it’s essential that your training provides reporting capabilities. Additionally, tracking and completion reports need to be made available to administrators so that schools can fully understand where they stand in relation to learning outcome and creating campus change.

Can the training be altered?

What if you work at a faith-based institution? What if you need training that’s 508 compliant? What if you want to add your logo and specific messaging for your school?

To do this, you need to be able to make changes or request different versions of the training. Training that can’t be changed or relies too heavily on video, won’t be able to meet any of these requirements because it can’t be updated or customized easily. Make sure that the training you choose can be altered to meet your needs.

Key Takeaways

Overall faculty and staff need to learn their responsibilities towards students, and what to do should they experience violence themselves. Sexual violence prevention training is one of the best ways to teach them this essential information.

So when you are evaluating training options, remember to make sure the training is available any time, includes easy to follow content, has reporting capabilities, and can be altered to meet your needs.

If you want to learn more about our sexual violence prevention training, contact us today to set up a demo.

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