UNK launching sexual misconduct training for all students, employees

As part of its commitment to creating a safe and respectful learning environment, the University of Nebraska at Kearney is launching a new Title IX training program that focuses on sexual misconduct prevention and response.

All UNK faculty, staff and students are required to complete sexual misconduct prevention education each year. The new training program, which launches Monday, includes specific modules for undergraduate students, graduate/professional students and employees. This training meets federal guidelines, including those within Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act and Clery Act.

“Promoting the safety and well-being of our campus community is UNK’s top priority and a responsibility we all share,” said Mary Chinnock Petroski, chief compliance officer and Title IX coordinator. “This important training will help all campus members better recognize, respond to and report issues related to sexual misconduct.”

The training modules were developed by Catharsis Productions, a Chicago-based training and education organization whose staff includes individuals who have worked in violence prevention education and have served as victim advocates. Sensitive topics within the modules are addressed in a frank and engaging manner.

Module titles and topic areas include:

U Got This! – An introduction or review for undergraduate students that features three modules. This training covers multiple topics, including university policy and reporting options and how to identify sexual misconduct, access support services and become familiar with bystander intervention techniques. This training takes about one hour to complete.

U Got This! 2 – This training provides graduate and professional students with information useful in their roles as students, as well as in the context of assistantships. Topics include university policy, prevention strategies and response options. This training takes about 45 minutes to complete.

Report = Support – Faculty and staff play a key role within the university community to ensure UNK is a safe place for everyone. This training is required for all UNK employees to learn how to identify and prevent sexual misconduct, access support services and resources and understand reporting responsibilities. It takes about 45 minutes to complete.

All members of the university community will receive an email from “University of Nebraska System Learning (Bridge)” with instructions to access the training, which must be completed within 30 days.

UNK recognizes that some of these topics are sensitive in nature and may trigger an emotional response. Please practice positive self-care and seek resources that may assist you. Additional resources and support services can be found here.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the training, contact Kayleigh Dawson at dawsonkn@unk.edu or 308-865-8655.