4 Types of Content to Look for When You’re Evaluating Training

Posted on 23 August 2016 |

ca 4 things to considerThe beginning of the school year is when campuses typically roll out their sexual violence prevention programs. We’ve already talked about ways to make it effective and the different types of programs and campaigns your campus can use.

Now we are going to focus in on training, since after all, it’s one of the main tools campuses use to inform students, faculty and staff about how they can prevent campus sexual violence.

Specifically, we are going to review four types of content your training needs to have in order to meet the Clery Act requirements and increase the odds that students will report sexual violence—because right now the rates are extremely low.

1. Federal and State Definitions

The law requires that your prevention programs includes federal definitions of dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault. So your training must also include these definitions.

Additionally, states sometimes have different definitions. That’s why it’s important to include those in your training as well.

However, training that only provides these legal definitions can be challenging for students—and really anyone—to understand because of the complex legal language.

The best type of training connects the dots so that learners actually understand what those definitions mean in relation to situations they might encounter.

For example, stalking. If I was to ask someone out on a date, and they say no, but I continue to pursue them at what point is it considered stalking? If I send them several text messages, if I show up outside of their classroom, etc.

Those are the kinds of things that your training needs to cover. So that it’s a combination of the legal definitions and also the practical applications of those definitions.

2. Students: How to Report Sexual Violence

It’s important that students can recognize sexual violence, and it’s just as important that they know what to do when it affects them.

That’s why the training needs to explain in detail how to report sexual violence and what to expect after they report it. The more knowledge that they have the better.

For example, students need to know:

  • Contact information for the Title IX coordinator
  • Information about confidentiality
  • Who is a responsible employee
  • They can still contact law enforcement
  • What happens after they report an incident

3. Faculty & Staff: What Are Their Responsibilities?

Students aren’t the only ones that need to know what to do. Faculty and staff also have a responsibility when it comes to reporting sexual violence.  They need to know what it is, what to do when they see a student that might have been a victim and what to do when a student confides in them.

For example, they need to be careful not to re-victimize because that is a barrier to reporting. Students are afraid they won’t be believed.

Some of the things your training should cover include:

  • Where to find the school’s policies on reporting
  • What students need to know about confidentiality
  • Responsible employees vs. campus security authorities
  • What information they should report
  • Who to contact with questions

4. Bystander Intervention

Notalone.gov reminds us that bystanders are a crucial piece of prevention efforts.

“Bystander intervention is one promising component of sexual violence prevention.

Research suggests it will be most effective if bystanders are provided with active learning experiences to build skills.”

We’ve talked about the importance of bystander intervention training before—including why it’s an effective approach to preventing sexual violence.

So, it’s extremely important that your training addresses bystander intervention and that it shows students—and faculty and staff—how they can safely intervene.


The topics listed above—definitions, reporting sexual violence and bystander intervention—aren’t the only things that need to be covered in your training. But they are some of the most basic, and they are required in order to comply Clery requirements.

So next time you are evaluating a sexual violence prevention training solution, make sure it includes each of these types of content.

Want to know more about Campus Answers’ sexual violence prevention training? Request a demo today.

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