We have worked hard to ensure that students have the information and tools they need to stay safe. We routinely offer training to students on issues dealing with sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention. In the 2016-2017 school year, we are offering multiple training opportunities on bystander intervention.
PETSA is an online tutorial that deals frankly with sexual assault and rape. All new UM students must take the PETSA tutorial and quiz in their first semester before they can register for their next semester of classes. PETSA was developed by UM students, faculty and staff in 2012; other universities are now looking to UM as a model for creating this important learning tool.
UM's Campus Assault Prevention Coordinator regularly offers "Bring in the Bystander" training for classes and campus groups throughout the year, and the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action provides training and workshops to departments and student groups.
We have developed an online Discrimination Prevention Tutorial required of all faculty, staff and new employees. All staff members in the Residence Life Office (including student staff) receive annual training on topics related to sexual assault, mandatory reporting, domestic violence, bystander intervention and understanding sexual harassment and sexual assault as forms of prohibited discrimination.
Additionally, we offer numerous training and professional development sessions for faculty and staff. Upcoming trainings are listed on the HRS Featured Training page. For more information, contact Cindy Boies in HRS.
Tuesday, January 10, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Gallagher Business Building OR
Thursday, January 12, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Gallagher Business Building
Note: The morning portion of the training is in the UM Gallagher Business Building and the afternoon portion will be held at the old Envirocon building, located at 500 Taylor Street behind the Green Hanger off Broadway. Directions and additional information will be provided in the confirmation.
Class size is limited to 20 participants. If necessary, please gain supervisor approval before you sign up.
More than 400 University of Montana employees have completed Active Resistance Training, and our goal is to have representatives from all offices, departments and buildings on campus participate in this one-day training, which is offered periodically and co-sponsored by Human Resource Services and the UM Police Department.
When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
The purpose of the course is to provide empowerment to help survive a potentially deadly encounter while waiting for first responders to arrive. This training will be taught to staff and faculty with the intent to minimize the number of victims in an armed intruder incident. The day-long course teaches a survivor mindset and provides tools and knowledge on how to escape, lock and barricade, or defend oneself.
The eight-hour course includes the following:
- Two-hour classroom presentation and discussion
- Two-hour self-defense, barricade, and medical aid training modules
- One-hour lunch on your own
- Four hours of scenario-based training (Scenario portion is active and includes simulated dangers such as smoke and blank pistol fire)
The scenarios will involve physical activity so please dress accordingly (jeans and sneakers). There is no cost to attendees. Missoula County Sheriff, Missoula Police, Missoula Public Schools, and UM provide instructors and training equipment for the course.
Please check back for information about the next session of Active Resistance Training.
Contact Cindy Boies with any questions.
The Bottom Line on Title IX: Your Responsibility as a Mandatory Reporter
Tuesday, November 15 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Todd Building 203/204
UM employees are mandatory reporters when it comes to students disclosing information about sexual misconduct, but many people don’t know what that means. This session will focus on what UM employees need to know about Title IX and student sexual misconduct. It will outline the University's Discrimination Policy and Procedures for a University investigation, how to respond if a student shares that they have been the victim of sexual misconduct, mandated reporting, what support and interim measures are available to students who report to the Title IX Coordinator, what confidentiality means in this context and how we are looking to change our campus culture through bystander intervention.
Facilitators: Jessica Weltman is the Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator for the University of Montana. Drew Colling is the University Prevention Coordinator and Director of the Student Advocacy Resource Center (SARC) at the Curry Heath Center.
Friday, November 18 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Gallagher Business Building room 122
Workplace Safety is everyone's responsibility at UM. Whether it's dealing with difficult customers and de-escalating conflicts or preventing the number one crime on campus, theft, this workshop will provide tips and tools to help you be safe. Come learn how the University of Montana Police Department (UMPD) promotes reducing crime and improving safety on campus.
Facilitators: Brad Giffin is UMPD's Community Liaison Officer and works with campus departments to educate employees and students about crime prevention.