Bystander Training Info

Sexual harassment and sexual violence are a national problem on college campuses. At UM, we work together to make our campus a safe place. That's why we offer Bystander Intervention Training. In this training, students learn important strategies and techniques that can help stop this kind of violence before it happens. 

This training session contains triggers related to sexual assault and relationship violence. Please contact SARC if you are a survivor and need support.  We can assist with removing the administrative hold so you will not have to take the training. If you need support please call 243-4429

Bystander Intervention Training

NOTICE - 

Due to COVID 19 we have had to redesign the in-person Bystander Intervention trainings. Trainings are offered over Zoom. See below for upcoming training times .

Bystander Intervention Trainings via Zoom  

IMPORTANT: Please follow the instructions below in order to register for a training:

  • Please register as soon as possible for a training to ensure you receive the confirmation email. Registering 5-10 minutes right before a training may not be sufficient to complete the process; thus, you may not be able to join the training.
  • Click the link of the listed date and time.
  • In the new window, enter your name and your UM student email account correctly. Participants will not be permitted into the training if they register with other email accounts (e.g. gmail, hotmail, icloud, etc.). Your email should be in one of these formats: FirstName.LastName@umontana.edu or ab123456@umconnect.umt.edu. (If you are faculty or staff, you can use your @umontana.edu or @mso.umt.edu email.)
  • After registering with your UM email, you will receive a confirmation email with the passcode and more important instructions. 
  • If you would like to request a disability related accommodation for this training please contact bystandertraining@umontana.edu 

Next Training:

Tuesday, March 2nd, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Please keep checking this page for additional trainings!

Prevention Education FAQ

No need to sign up! Just visit our website to find upcoming training times and choose a time that fits in your schedule. Please be prepared to provide your Student ID Number (e.g., 790…) and name at the training, so that we can have a record of your attendance.

See training schedule below.

SARC posts new Bystander training times to the website every 1-2 weeks. If the current postings do not fit with your schedule, it is very likely that additional training times will be posted within a week or so. It is also possible that our office may be able to schedule a Bystander training around your schedule (depending on staff availability and notice provided) as a last resort. Feel free to call our office line (406)-243-4429 to speak with staff about the training schedules.     

50 minutes

Yes, you will still need to complete the University of Montana’s Bystander training, as it is a mandate from the University of Montana that ALL students complete this training. While you may have received similar education from other organizations/institutions about sexual assault, each university’s training is specific to state laws & important legal definitions, along with specific community and campus resources for reporting and support. It is important that all students have information about campus specific resources for reporting and support, such as the EOAA/Title IX Office and the Student Advocacy Resource Center (SARC).  

No. While these trainings may include similar content on sexual assault, they do not meet the guidelines set by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. Each university’s training is specific to state laws & important legal definitions, along with specific community and campus resources for reporting and support. It is important that all students have information about campus specific resources for reporting and support, such as the EOAA/Title IX Office and the Student Advocacy Resource Center (SARC).  

If you have previously completed online prevention trainings at another Montana university, such as AlcoholEdu and/or Sexual Assault Prevention for Adult Learners (SAP), your participation can be transferred over to the University of Montana system. 

However, even if you have completed a training similar to Bystander training at another university, you will have to take the University of Montana’s version. While you may have received similar education from other organizations/institutions about sexual assault, each university’s training is specific to state laws & important legal definitions, along with specific community and campus resources for reporting and support. It is important that all students have information about campus specific resources for reporting and support, such as the EOAA/Title IX Office and the Student Advocacy Resource Center (SARC).  

Online students are not required to take the in-person Bystander training. The mandate to complete the in-person training is currently only for students who attend classes on campus. If you are an online student with a hold on your account for Bystander intervention, please call our office line (406)-243-4429 to have your hold extended.

You will still need to complete other online prevention education trainings, such as AlcoholEdu and/or Sexual Assault Prevention for Adult Learners (SAP).

Yes. All students, regardless of enrollment status, who attended classes on campus are required to complete both the in-person Bystander training and the online prevention trainings, such as AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Adult Learners. For non-traditional and graduate students, these trainings offer reminders of things that you may have learned previously and share campus & community-specific resources that are important to be aware of as teaching assistants and UM students. If you previously completed these trainings as an undergraduate student at the University of Montana and you have a hold on your account, please call our office line (406)-243-4429.

If you are a survivor of sexual assault and/or relationship violence please call the SARC main office (406)-243-4429 to discuss your options for trainings and/or to receive support. For after-hours support and options, please call the SARC 24-hr support line (406)-243-6559. If you are in need of more immediate support, please call UM campus police/Missoula City Police Department (911). 

No, this training is only offered in person.

No. While both trainings are mandatory, the online “Sexual Assault Prevention for Adult Learners” training and Bystander training include different content.

If you do not complete this training within the designated time period, a registration hold will be placed on your student account and you will not have access to register for the upcoming semester’s courses until you complete the training.