Mandatory Sexual Assault Prevention Training
New Training Requirements: Third Year of Training
Beginning with Fall quarter 2020, Western students will now be required to take three years of sexual assault prevention online training. Students will receive an email to their Western account with information when the training is accessible to them.
Western requires all matriculated undergraduates and graduate students to complete mandatory Sexual Assault Prevention online trainings. Western has partnered with EverFi to provide this important training, which reflects Western’s culture and values and is part of a national effort across college campuses aimed at decreasing sexual violence and increasing safety for all students.
These trainings provide 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 20,000 Western students who have already completed the Sexual Assault Prevention online training in supporting Western’s commitment to creating a safer community.
Log on to EverFi to complete your training now. You will be directed to sign in using your Western universal login user name and password.
Important: The training will not be accessible to you until you have received a course invitation to your Western email address. You can anticipate your invitation on the first day of the quarter.
2020-2021 Required Training Timeline
Winter 2021: Complete Part 1 by Monday, April 19, 2021 to avoid a hold on your summer/fall quarter registration.
Part 1 takes 45-60 minutes to complete and includes an Initial Survey, Course Modules 1-6, and an End of Modules Survey.
Fifteen 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 must be completed by Monday May 31, 2021.
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 360-650-7319 or email@example.com to discuss an exemption from 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.
What To Do If You Have a Hold on Your Student Account
If you do not complete the training by the deadline, a hold will be placed on your account, which will prevent you from registering for classes for the next quarter.
The hold can only be removed after you complete the training or receive an exemption due to a personal history with sexual violence.
- The hold will automatically be removed the morning after you finish the training
- If you need the hold lifted the same day you finish the training, you will need to contact us directly at 360-650-7319 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Holds can only be removed same day from 9am to 4pm
Due to the number of students requesting hold removals and other services, we cannot guarantee we will be able to respond to your request immediately. The only way to ensure the hold will be removed in time for class registration is to complete the course at least the day prior to your registration time.
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.
All Western students must complete the online training at the beginning of their first, second, and third years of undergraduate studies at Western, or their first year of graduate studies at Western. As the training requirements have recently been updated, some fourth or fifth year undergraduate students are backlogged and will need to complete the third-year training to meet the new requirements.
Under Western’s Policy on Preventing and Responding to Sex Discrimination, Including Sexual Misconduct (POL-U1600.04), all relevant 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.
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.
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).
Yes. You can contact Prevention and Wellness Services at 360-650-7319 or email@example.com 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.
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.
If you would like to report any sexual misconduct, the following resources are available:
Title IX Coordinator/Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance 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.
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.
No, all students at 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After you complete Part 1 of the training, you must wait 15 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 and Part 2 are both mandatory.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-650-7319 and we will forward your questions to EverFi to determine if there is something else causing these problems.
The consequence for not taking the training is a hold on your student account that will prevent you from registering for future classes or altering your class schedule for the remaining quarter. If you won't be taking any more classes here at Western, then the hold will have no impact on you.
We still strongly encourage you to complete the training, as the skills and knowledge you gain through the course will be relevant even if you are no longer a student here. However, if you choose not to complete the course, there will be no impact on you. We will automatically remove you from the courses and clear the hold after you graduate.
When somebody is an employee and a student at the university, the system sometimes makes duplicate accounts and sends different courses to different accounts. Send an email to email@example.com to let us know and we will get that fixed for you.