Students to begin mandatory online training on violence prevention

Faculty and staff began online training on discrimination, harassment and Title IX last month. Students will begin similar training, with an emphasis on Title IX and violence prevention, at the end of this month.

Where to access training

Students will receive an email with instructions and a link to the training.  Faculty and staff should have received a unique URL to their training sessions in a Dec. 3 "Course Registration" email from the Office of Equal Opportunity. If you've lost the email, contact

The 40-minute student training focuses on Title IX -- federal legislation that prohibits sexual discrimination in education and has become a strong tool for preventing and addressing sexual assault, harassment, domestic violence and stalking.  Some student workers, such as graduate students, also will be required to take a second training course on unlawful harassment prevention.

The student training will familiarize students with university policies on violence and harassment and provide information on campus and community resources, said vice president for student affairs Tom Hill.

"Most importantly, it will provide them direction on what to do if they encounter violence or harassment."

President Steven Leath said he is putting special emphasis on making Iowa State a safe, welcoming community, and the student, faculty and staff training sessions are part of that.

"These training sessions will show us all how to recognize violence and harassment and how to be a part of stopping it," Leath said.

Training session deadlines

Students are required to complete their training session by Feb. 28. Faculty and  staff training, which began in early December, should be completed by the first week in February.

How are we doing?

Robin Kelley, director of the office of equal opportunity, labels the faculty and staff completion rate on the required training courses "pretty good so far."

  • 71 percent of faculty and staff have completed "Title IX and Violence Prevention"
  • 73 percent of staff have completed "Unlawful Harassment Prevention" (for staff)
  • 53 percent of faculty have completed "Unlawful Harassment Prevention" (for faculty)

"Thanks to everyone who's taken time for these important courses," she said.  "I'm very pleased with the completion progress so far, and I’m hopeful those who haven't yet completed the courses will be able to get online over the next few weeks and finish up."