Mandatory Sexual Assault Prevention Training at Western

Western requires all new matriculated students—including freshmen, transfer, and graduate students—to complete a mandatory Sexual Assault Prevention online training. 

Training Links

Sexual Assault Prevention Required Training

IF YOU ARE A FIRST-YEAR OR TRANSFER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, click on the following link to complete Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAPU): https://shib.everfi.net/login/default.aspx?id=wwusapu

Sexual Assault Prevention Required Training

IF YOU ARE A GRADUATE STUDENT, click on the following link to complete Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students (SAPG): https://shib.everfi.net/login/default.aspx?id=wwusapg
 

2018-2019 Required Training Timeline

UPDATE: As of November 1, registration holds have been placed on the accounts of new students (undergraduates and graduate students) who have not completed the training. Please log on and complete the training before winter quarter registration begins (November 13) in order to avoid delays in your ability to register.

Summer and Fall 2018: Complete Part 1 by Friday, October 19, 2018 to avoid a hold on your winter quarter registration. Part 1 takes 60-75 minutes to complete and includes an Initial Survey, Course Modules 1-6, and an End of Modules Survey. Thirty days after completing Part 1, you will receive an email with instructions to log into your EverFi dashboard, access the training and complete Part 2, which takes about 10 minutes. Part 2 should be completed by the last day of the quarter, however, it does not affect your ability to register for classes.

Training Overview

This training reflects Western’s culture and values and is part of a national effort across college campuses aimed at decreasing sexual violence and increase safety for all students. It provides information on healthy relationships; the importance of obtaining consent in sexual situations; ways you can help strengthen the safe, positive university community you want to be a part of; and Western’s policies, resources, and reporting options regarding sexual violence. It also ensures students are aware of their rights under Title IX, a civil rights law prohibiting sex discrimination, including sexual violence. 

By learning about this important issue and completing this training, you will join over 10,000 Western students who have already completed the Sexual Assault Prevention online training in supporting Western’s commitment to creating a safer community.

Exemption and Support for Survivors

Western is sensitive to students who have personal history with sexual violence. If you feel this training would be unacceptably upsetting for you for you due to that experience, please contact Prevention and Wellness Services at 360-650-2993 to discuss an exemption from the training and an alternate way to receive important information contained in the training. Any personally identifying information will be kept private. Any student who would like to access confidential support services may call CASAS (Consultation and Sexual Assault Support) at 360-650-3700 to discuss available options and services.

Technical Troubleshooting Tips

  • You will need Internet access and audio capabilities.
  • The training does not work on a phone—it must be done using a desktop or laptop computer.
  • Use the most up-to-date version of Chrome or Firefox (the training is not compatible with Internet Explorer).
  • If you aren't able to get to the login page at all when you click on the training course link, you may need to clear your web browser's cache. For instructions, visit http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser's-Cache.
  • If you were able to successfully log on to the site but then nothing happens, you may need to enable third-party cookies and site data in your web browser. For Chrome instructions, visit: https://www.wikihow.com/Enable-Cookies-on-Google-Chrome. For Firefox instructions, visit: https://www.wikihow.com/Enable-Cookies-in-Firefox.
  • If the training seems stuck, your screen may be zoomed in too much, causing you to miss a prompt or navigation button. To zoom out on a PC click Control-0 (zero) and on a Mac click Command-0 (zero). Or, you might need to toggle the Play/Pause button or click on an informational button or buttons on the screen.
  • Technical support is available 24/7 and can be accessed from the Help link within the training.
  • If you are still having difficulties, you can contact us at pws@wwu.edu and we will forward your questions to EverFi to determine if there is something else causing these problems.

FAQs

What is Western's Sexual Assault Prevention online training?

Western’s Sexual Assault Prevention required online training (formerly Haven) provides information about creating healthy relationships; the importance of obtaining consent in sexual situations; ways students can help foster a safe, positive campus environment; and Western’s policies, resources, and reporting options regarding sexual violence. It is a mandatory requirement for all new matriculated students, including freshmen, transfer, and graduate students.

Who is required to take this training?

Under Western’s Policy on Preventing and Responding to Sex Discrimination, Including Sexual Misconduct (POL-U1600.04), all new matriculated students (new freshman, transfer, and graduate students), whether they are full-time or a member of an established cohort in which they take classes less than full-time, are required to complete Western’s Sexual Assault Prevention online training.. This applies whether the Western student is based on the Bellingham campus or at one of Western’s extended sites.

Why are students being required to complete this training?

This training requirement reflects Western’s culture and values. Western is committed to effectively preventing and responding to sexual violence, and this training is one of our many efforts to do so. Being a Western community member comes with a shared responsibility for the well-being of others at Western. By taking this training, you are stepping up to your responsibility and joining the many continuing Western students who have already completed the Sexual Assault Prevention online training in contributing to a safer environment for everyone.

How do I find out how to take the training?

Detailed instructions on how to access and complete this required training will be provided by email from Prevention and Wellness Services (PWS) by the start of the quarter or during the first week of classes (this is dependent on when the student has registered).

I’m a survivor of sexual violence and feel this content would be unacceptably upsetting. Can I request an exemption?

Yes. You can call Prevention and Wellness Services at 360-650-2993 to request an exemption due to personal history with sexual violence and your feeling that the content in the training would be unacceptably upsetting for you. You do not need to disclose the details of your personal history with sexual violence, and you will receive a follow-up email with some of the important campus policies and resources discussed in the training, as well as specific information about support networks.

If I request an exemption, will my request remain confidential?

Yes. If you request an exemption from Western’s Sexual Assault Prevention online training with Prevention and Wellness Services due to a previous experience with sexual violence, the reason for your exemption will remain confidential. You will be sent an email with information about on and off campus resources where you can access support and/or report the incident. Your name and Western ID will be given to EverFi (the company that created Western’s Sexual Assault Prevention online training) and the Registrar’s Office in order to release the hold on your registration—again, with the reason for your exemption remaining confidential.

What if I want to report the incident of sexual violence I experienced?

If you would like to report any sexual misconduct, the following resources are available:

Title IX Coordinator/Equal Opportunity Office at 360-650-3307, located in Old Main 345

University Police at 360-650-3911 (emergency) or 360-650-3555 (report), located at 2001 Bill McDonald Parkway

Requesting an exemption from Western’s Sexual Assault Prevention online training will not initiate an investigation from the Title IX Coordinator/Equal Opportunity Office, and/or University or local law enforcement.

What happens if I don’t complete Western's Sexual Assault Prevention required online training?

Western requires all new students, including freshmen, transfer, and graduate students, to complete this training. If you do not complete the required training or obtain an exemption for the reason discussed above by the deadline, a hold will be placed on your registration for future quarters. You will not be able to register until you complete the training or obtain an exemption due to personal history with sexual violence. If you are having technical difficulties, please let us know as soon as possible so we can help you.

I went through a similar training program at my previous school/employer. Can I count that training in place of completing Western's Sexual Assault Prevention required online training?

No, all students new to Western are required to complete the Sexual Assault Prevention online training (formerly Haven), which includes information specific to Western’s policies and resources. While some of the information you received in previous trainings may be helpful in reducing risk and sexual violence, the Sexual Assault Prevention required online training is focused on making Western’s community safer.

I would like to request a disability accommodation for Western's Sexual Assault Prevention required online training. How can I do that?

If you would like to request disability accommodations for this training, please contact Prevention and Wellness Services (Old Main 560) at pws@wwu.edu or call 360-650-2993

I don’t feel comfortable answering some of the survey questions in Western's Sexual Assault Prevention required online training. Can I skip any of them?

Yes. All survey responses are confidential. Western will only receive aggregate information about the student body as a whole and will never see your individual answers. Please note that with any survey question or questions in Western’s Sexual Assault Prevention online training, you may skip them, and complete the remainder of the training.

Are my survey responses within the training confidential?

The course includes surveys to help personalize your experience and measure students’ attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are confidential; Western will only receive information about the participating student group as a whole and will never see individual student responses. You may also skip any survey question you do not wish to answer, and still complete the remainder of the training.

I live off-campus and/or am taking Western classes at a non-Bellingham location. Do I still need to complete this training?

Yes, all new Western students, regardless of housing status and/or location, are required to take Western’s Sexual Assault Prevention online training.

This information will not apply to me, as I do not plan to be in situations with any risk of sexual violence. Why do I need to complete this training?

Western is committed to educating all students on risk reduction related to sexual violence, and this training will give you tools to support others and strengthen the Western community. Additionally, we want every student to be aware of the applicable policies, resources, and reporting options in case you or someone you know needs them while you are at Western.

I’m a graduate student. Do I still have to do this training?

Yes. Western is requiring all new students, including graduate students, to complete this training.

I don’t have time to do an hour-long training. What do I do?

The training is designed so that you can complete it in multiple sittings. It is divided into smaller mini-segments, or modules. You can complete a module in about 5 to 10 minutes. As long as you complete a module in its entirety, you will be able to log back in later and begin with the next module.

I completed Part 1 but now it says I’m in intersession. Does that mean I’m not done yet? 

After you complete Part 1 of the training, you must wait 30 days before you can complete Part 2. The training is designed to see what you know before you take it, and the post-assessment in Part 2 checks your understanding after you have had time to process the material. This pre- and post-assessment helps Western to determine if the courses are effective. Part 1 is mandatory, and we strongly encourage you to complete Part 2.

I have a hold on my account. Now what?

Once the deadline to complete the training has passed, a registration hold will be automatically placed on your student account. However, once you complete Part 1, the hold will automatically be removed by the tracking system within 24 hours. Please log on to the training as soon as you can to avoid any interruption in your ability to register for classes.

I’m having technical difficulties with Western's Sexual Assault Prevention required online training. What should I do?

  • You will need Internet access and audio capabilities.
  • The training does not work on a phone—it must be done using a desktop or laptop computer.
  • Use the most up-to-date version of Chrome or Firefox (the training is not compatible with Internet Explorer).
  • If you aren't able to get to the login page at all when you click on the training course link, you may need to clear your web browser's cache. For instructions, visit http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser's-Cache.
  • If you were able to successfully log on to the site but then nothing happens, you may need to enable third-party cookies and site data in your web browser. For Chrome instructions, visit: https://www.wikihow.com/Enable-Cookies-on-Google-Chrome. For Firefox instructions, visit: https://www.wikihow.com/Enable-Cookies-in-Firefox.
  • If the training seems stuck, your screen may be zoomed in too much, causing you to miss a prompt or navigation button. To zoom out on a PC click Control-0 (zero) and on a Mac click Command-0 (zero). Or, you might need to toggle the Play/Pause button or click on an informational button or buttons on the screen.
  • Technical support is available 24/7 and can be accessed from the Help link within the training.
  • If you are still having difficulties, you can contact us at pws@wwu.edu and we will forward your questions to EverFi to determine if there is something else causing these problems.