Beginning in fall 2018, all students and newly hired faculty and staff will be expected to complete an online training module addressing sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment.
In addition, the university offers a wide variety of safety-related awareness, prevention and educational trainings for students, staff and faculty. These programs are listed below, along with links to more information.
Students, staff and faculty:
Rape Aggression Defense:
This four-week, self-defense course is taught three to four times a year by the Department of Public Safety. R.A.D. is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.
Active Shooter Video Presentation:
An online video is available to all members of the campus community that provides information about how to deal with an active shooter situation. A presentation, with video screening, from the Department of Public Safety also is available upon request.
Mental Health Workshops:
The University Counseling Center offers workshops on a variety of mental health topics. Available upon request.
Campus Suicide Prevention Trainings:
The University Counseling Center offers workshops to assist U students, staff and faculty identify warning signs related to suicide risk and make referrals to appropriate campus resources.
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action offers anti-discrimination and sexual harassment training that cover policies regarding sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and other types of sexual violence or harassment. These trainings are offered to any university group or individual upon request.
Anti-discrimination Response Training:
Irene Ota, diversity coordinator for the College of Social Work, offers a day-long skills training workshop on how to respond to discrimination. Available upon request. Contact: 801-581-8455 or Irene.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Environmental Health and Safety Trainings:
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety offers training to University of Utah employees and students designed to provide tools and knowledge for a culture of safety in workplace or lab settings. Topics range from fire extinguisher safety to hazard communication awareness and biosafety. The department also offers a variety of online videos for emergency preparedness trainings, including earthquake and disaster preparedness and active shooter on campus preparedness.
Gender and Sexuality Workshops
The Workshops Program at the University of Utah LGBT Resource Center provide participants an opportunity to explore and build awareness of our personal relationships with gender, sexuality, privilege and oppression. Workshops can be scheduled, upon request, throughout the year.
Student and Family Orientation:
Student orientations are organized by the Office of Orientation & Transition, the Department of Public Safety and the Office of the Dean of Students. Orientation sessions include information about crime statistics, self-defense, alcohol issues, bystander intervention, Rape Aggression Defense classes, the After-Dark Escort program, E-phones on campus, campus alerts, student conduct process and other programs. Orientations are mandatory for all new and transfer students. New and transfer students also receive brief training about sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking during the sessions.
Online Prevention Courses for New Students:
Completion of two online courses addressing sexual misconduct prevention (Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates) and providing brief alcohol education (AlcoholEdu) and bystander intervention information is expected of all new first-year and transfer students. Completion of a similar course addressing sexual misconduct prevention (Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduates) is required of all new graduate students.
Presentations for International Students:
The Department of Public Safety provides information on safety, crime prevention, domestic violence and other social issues for international students. These sessions are available upon request to the Office of International Student & Scholar Services.
The Utah Experience:
This program is offered annually to football athletes and includes a presentation by the Department of Public Safety on behavior toward and treatment of women, the effect of drugs and alcohol on judgement and sexual assault prevention.
Your Path for a Successful Start:
All students at the Utah Asia Campus take this course in their freshman year. One class session is dedicated to a discussion of safety issues, including dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Alcohol and drug use is covered during a class on student wellness.
Prime for Life:
The Center for Student Wellness offers this class, which provides education about the risks associated with alcohol and drug abuse/misuse and preventive behaviors and strategies to keep students safe.
Bystander Intervention Training:
The Center for Student Wellness offers this bystander intervention training, which gives students practical skills to de-escalate a wide range of potentially harmful situations such as sexual violence, alcohol poisoning and microaggression.
Alcohol Risk Reduction:
Tailored programming is available from the Center for Student Wellness on issues around alcohol use and abuse, including tolerance, tips to stay safe, alcohol poisoning, etc.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life offers tailored programming on hazing prevention, alcohol use/abuse, intimate partner violence prevention, bystander intervention techniques and other topics.
Wellness Advocate Certificate:
This six-hour training program, provided by the Center for Student Wellness, aims to help students lead healthier, safer lives. Topics covered include stress management, healthy relationships and violence prevention/bystander intervention.
Anti-discrimination and Title IX trainings:
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and Office of the Dean of Students meet with athletic teams, fraternity/sorority members, Housing & Residential Education student leaders, Learning Abroad students, graduate teaching assistants and Hinckley Institute interns each year to discuss university policies related to discrimination, sexual misconduct, the disciplinary process and possible outcomes.
Staff and faculty:
Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress:
With students facing high levels of stress in their lives, faculty and staff may encounter students whose behaviors are concerning, disruptive or threatening towards themselves or others. In an effort to respond to the safety needs of the campus, the Office of the Dean of Students has established the Behavioral Intervention Team, which can connect distressed students to support services.
Managing Difficult Student Behavior:
These online guidelines, offered by the Department of Public Safety, University Human Resources and the Office of the Dean of Students, may be helpful for staff and faculty.
Employee Assistance Program:
University of Utah employees enrolled in the Employee Health Care Plan, their enrolled dependents and other family members residing in the employee's household have assess to confidential counseling at no cost.
Campus Staff and Faculty Safety Meetings:
The Department of Public Safety provides presentations on crime-related issues and safety tips. Available upon request.
Anti-discrimination and Sexual Harassment New Employee Orientation:
This is an online resource covering standard information about discrimination and sexual harassment provided by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.
Anti-discrimination and Sexual Harassment Training:
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action offers this training to staff and faculty upon request of individual departments. It covers all types of discrimination, the ADA and reasonable accommodations and sexual harassment, including Title IX and mandatory reporting obligations.
New Faculty Administration Orientation:
Department chairs can arrange an orientation training on discrimination, the ADA, sexual harassment and Title IX responsibilities for new faculty members and administrators through the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.
Office of Inclusive Excellence:
This training for staff and faculty provides information on how to create an inclusive environment, including information on addressing bias and microaggression on campus and facilitating difficult conversations.
Emergency Preparedness Trainings:
The Emergency Management Services Office offers a variety of trainings on personal emergency preparedness, preparedness at work and how staff/faculty can get involved. It also provides online resources on basic emergency preparedness, emergency codes, emergency plans, active shooter situations and communication plans.