UIC provides students with education and awareness programs throughout the year related to sexual misconduct and bystander intervention. Programming and training related to sexual misconduct is provided by, and in collaboration with, the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center, include the Office for Access and Equity, Wellness Center, Student Development Services, International Services, Campus Housing, Campus Programs, and Athletics.
All first-year undergraduate students are required to complete the Haven – Understanding Sexual Assault online program by the first day of classes to receive programming that addresses the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. The program is designed to empower students to recognize the social and environmental cues of sexual misconduct and apply tools and resources to positively impact their environment and protect those around them. Students can login to complete the training with their University NetID and password.
During New Student Orientation every year, incoming undergraduates view video scenarios depicting various forms of sexual misconduct followed by small group discussion facilitated by orientation leaders. Students are given information about sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, stalking and bystander intervention. The students receive an overview of the confidential advocacy resource on campus, options to report to the police, file a complaint with the Title IX coordinator or pursue a student conduct process. This program has been evaluated to reduce myths related to interpersonal violence and increase willingness to intervene as a bystander in situations that someone might be at risk for being harmed.
New transfer students and international students receive an annual presentation about the sexual misconduct policy, advocacy services, and bystander information.
The Title IX coordinator, through the Office for Access and Equity, provides compliance education about sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct, policies, bystander information, options and resources for all orientations held for incoming graduate students, residents, post doctoral students, and fellows in the health professions as well as new faculty and hospital employee orientations.Back to Top
Workshops about sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment and bystander intervention are offered to students and employees upon request. On an annual basis workshops are presented to students who live in the residence halls, are a member of student organizations, fraternities and sororities or who are taking academic classes as well as faculty and staff in academic departments, campus units and the UIC Hospital.
Workshops about sexual misconduct cover information about sexual misconduct definitions, UIC's policy against sexual misconduct, consent, resources, on and off campus resources as well as campus advocacy technical assistance with helping students file a complaint with the police, Title IX investigations, student conduct process and/or seek civil or criminal orders of protection, academic accommodations and other remedies. Bystander workshops focus on assisting students in recognizing interpersonal violence, taking ownership of their role in interpersonal violence prevention and teaching students the various ways in which they can safely and effectively intervene.
Examples of annual workshops include: