Awareness training on campus
PETSA, our mandatory online tutorial for students. PETSA stands for Personal Empowerment Through Self Awareness. The tutorial was developed by students, faculty and staff in summer 2012 and went online in fall 2012. This online tutorial features seven videos and a quiz and is required for all new students on campus. In fall 2012, the president mandated that all students answer 100% of questions on the quiz correctly before they could register for the spring semester. By March, almost 14,000 students had completed PETSA. Now, all new students to campus must take the PETSA tutorial and quiz in their first semester here before they can register for their next semester of classes.
Other universities are now looking to UM as a model for how to create this important learning tool.
Employee training. UM continually offers training and professional development sessions for faculty and staff about sexual harassment and Title IX obligations. Additionally, we have developed an online Discrimination Prevention Tutorial required of all faculty, staff, and new employees.
Residence Life staff training. All staff in the Residence Life Office (including student staff members) receive annual training on topics related to sexual assault. The training includes mandatory reporting requirements, how to be a first responder, domestic violence, bystander intervention, campus resources, and understanding sexual harassment and sexual assault as forms of prohibited discrimination.
Additional training for our students. Residence Life and the Student Assault Resource Center routinely hold workshops for students living on campus. The workshops focus on bystander intervention and information about sexual assault prevention.