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Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students

What is Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students training?

The Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students training module focuses on important issues facing the William & Mary community, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. The training is designed to help ensure that our students and employees have a safe, harassment-free campus, by:

  • Giving you information about your rights and resources available to you
  • Guiding you through scenarios where you might need to help someone else, such as a fellow student.

The module presents information through audio/video, written text, and short interactive exercises. It covers relevant laws, institutional policies/procedures, and on- and off-campus resources. Scenarios presented involve various types of gender-based misconduct, including sexual harassment, stalking, and intimate partner violence. If you have any concerns about encountering the course content in this format, please contact Lindsey Mosvick, [[ohp]] or 757-221-3229. A more detailed outline of the course content is available below. An illustrated access guide (pdf) is also available.

Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students Part 1 Content Outline

If you are concerned that the course might trigger memories or otherwise cause you distress, it may be helpful to know more about the course content.

If you or someone you know need to talk about an experience with gender-based violence, we invite you to reach out anonymously to the national, 24-hour helpline at 1.800.656.HOPE (4673).

  • Introduction: Presents an overview of the course and William & Mary’s commitment to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment.\

  • Values, Identities, and Relationships: Suggest strategies for maintaining healthy relationships and pursuing self-care while completing graduate school. Identifies possible types of relationship abuse with specific attention to behavior that may particularly impact grad students. Depicts scenarios in which you support a friend who may be in an abusive relationship. Identifies related Virginia state and federal law. Provides William & Mary specific policy definitions related to sexual assault.

  • Sexual Harassment and Stalking: Defines sexual harassment. Examines power dynamics of different relationships in the academic environment. Depicts scenarios in which you respond to inappropriate behavior (unprofessional communication, non-sexual but unwanted physical contact) by colleagues towards other students. Defines stalking. Asks you evaluate whether behavior depicted in scenario constitutes stalking.

  • Consent, Coercion, and Stepping In: Explores consent in both sexual and non-sexual interactions, and in relationships with varying power dynamics. Examines the relationship of incapacitation to consent. Provides example of coercion regarding sexual activity. Provides legal and policy definitions of consent and sexual assault. Outlines strategies for bystander intervention.

  • Reporting Options and Responding to a Survivor: Reviews neurobiological impact of trauma and common reactions of those who experience of sexual misconduct. Provides guidance for addressing a disclosure by a student. Identifies campus, local, and national resources. Depicts a scenario in which a friend discloses possible sexual harassment by a faculty member. Identifies confidential and non-confidential reporting options.

How do I complete my training obligation?

The Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students module is accessed by logging in using your William & Mary user name and password.  An illustrated access guide (pdf) is available. Progress records are stored electronically and maintained by the Office of Compliance & Equity.

The Haven training module has two parts.

  • Part 1 is the main part of the training.  You will be presented with written, audio, and visual content.  It is online and interactive.  You will be asked to complete various assessments such as to pick options in hypothetical situations. This portion of the module will take approximately one hour to complete.    
  • Part 2 includes supplemental information and a survey.  You be contacted by email approximately 45 days after you complete Part 1, and asked to complete the survey.  You must complete the survey in order to complete the course.  
Who can I contact if I have questions?

If you would like confirmation of your completion, or have other questions about the module, please contact Lindsey Mosvick at 757-221- 3229 or [[ohp]]