St. Thomas students now must take sexual misconduct training

- The University of St. Thomas is introducing a required, online sexual misconduct training this school year.

The course comes on the heels on the state legislature’s passage of a bill that mandates certain training elements regarding sexual assault on college campuses. St. Thomas’ video-based program is called “Not Anymore” and walks students through a variety of potential situations including: consent, sexual assault, rape culture, bystander intervention, verbal defense, alcohol, dating and domestic violence, healthy relationships, sexual harassment and stalking, a news release from the university described.

The training covers real-life stories and St. Thomas’ own policies and procedures on sexual misconduct.
Senior Dylan Bakken has completed the course, and was initially skeptical.

“Before the training, I thought that making the sexual misconduct training required for all students was overdone and a waste of time,” Bakken said. “After the training, I realized there are some gray areas in which students should be informed upon before entering the college environment.”

All undergraduate and graduate students are required to complete the training by Sept. 25 and score at least 80 percent. St. Thomas reserves the right to place a student on academic hold if the student doesn’t comply. All students must complete the program this school year, and starting next year, only incoming students will need to take it.

University of Minnesota's updates

The University of Minnesota recently added a new “affirmative consent” policy, which says says sex is only ok if those involved offer “informed, freely and affirmatively communicated willingness to participate in sexual activity that is expressed by clear and unambiguous words or actions.” Otherwise, without consent, the university considers it to be sexual assault. The policy was introduced to students during Welcome Week. 

Student resources

For more information and resources about sexual misconduct on the University of Minnesota campus, visit https://policy.umn.edu/operations/sexualassault

For more information and resources about sexual misconduct at St. Thomas, visit http://www.stthomas.edu/title-ix/sexualmisconduct/


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