Training

Student Training

We have worked hard to ensure that students have the information and tools they need to stay safe. To prepare our students for responsible and engaged citizenship in our campus community and to set them up for a positive and successful experience at UM, all students must complete a series of prevention education programs before and during their first semester at UM. Juniors must complete an online refresher program about sexual assault prevention.

The University offers five mandatory prevention education programs, three or four for new students depending on their status and one for new or continuing juniors:

  • AlcoholEdu, an online alcohol abuse prevention course that collects critical data on student attitudes and behaviors toward alcohol, including students' readiness to change their behavior, what protective factors or high-risk factors they exhibit, and what expectations they have toward alcohol.
  • Transit, an interactive online course designed to help students take control of their financial futures.
  • PETSA, 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.
  • Bystander Intervention Training, an in-person training required of all new undergraduate students designed to teach students how to look out for one another and interrupt unsafe situations.
  • Haven Plus, an online program that provides sexual assault prevention training tailored to upper-division students. Haven Plus was launched in the 2016-2017 academic year as a refresher to PETSA for upper-division students.

In addition, 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.

Employee training

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 other training and professional development sessions for faculty and staff.

Active Resistance Training

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.

The Bottom Line on Title IX: Your Responsibility as a Mandatory Reporter

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 training focuses on what UM employees need to know about Title IX and student sexual misconduct. It outlines 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.

Email jessica.weltman@mso.umt.edu to request a presentation on The Bottom Line on Title IX for your team.

Workplace Safety

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 provides tips and tools to help you be safe. Learn how the University of Montana Police Department (UMPD) promotes reducing crime and improving safety on campus.

Email marty.ludemann@mso.umt.edu to request a presentation on Workplace Safety for your team.