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Student Training to Prevent, Report, & Respond to Sexual Misconduct

Nova Southeastern University is committed to ensuring that we provide a safe campus environment for all of our students to be able to learn, free from discrimination. In addition to information provided in new student orientation, NSU provides primary prevention education in the form of an interactive online training course Preventing Sexual Misconduct at NSU. This training addresses the campus sexual misconduct policy, definitions of violations and related sex crimes, NSU’s policies and procedures after an incident occurs, and information on bystander intervention and risk reduction. 

The training has been recently updated to ensure compliance with changes to the Title IX regulations effective in August 2020, and is being relaunched for students in January 2021. President Hanbury has directed all students, faculty, and staff to complete this training by March 26, 2021

Below are some common questions we anticipate you might have as you engage with the online training. Should you find that your concerns aren't addressed by this list, please feel free to email titleIX@nova.edu with your question.

To promote an environment of safety, civility, and respect, it is critical that all members of the university community are appropriately educated about behaviors which might implicate the university’s sexual misconduct policy; strategies for preventing sexual violence; and how to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct which impacts members of the NSU community. NSU intends to produce graduates across a multitude of professional disciplines who are keenly suited to address inappropriate behaviors and language which perpetuate sex discrimination and sexual violence. Ultimately, you should take this training because it will make you a more competent professional in any complex and diverse work environment and a thoroughly informed member of the NSU community.

Current NSU students can access the training as a course in Canvas. When you are enrolled in the course, you should receive notice via an email sent to your NSU email account that you have been added to Preventing Sexual Misconduct at NSU within Canvas.  If you cannot locate the email, log into Canvas and look for the course entitled Preventing Sexual Misconduct at NSU. If you have difficulty finding the course, follow the help links within Canvas or contact the Student Computing Help Desk

 

The online training is estimated to take approximately one hour to complete. This estimated time frame presumes that the coursework is the user’s singular focus and does not account for the myriad of distractions that many of us face on a daily basis. The training will pause if you try to multitask while completing it, which will extend the time it takes for you to complete it.  For some users, the training may take longer to complete than estimated. 

Please be advised, you do not need to complete it all at one time. Your progress is saved after each section.  It is recommended that you return to the training via the emailed link, as opposed to relying on your browser history.

No. NSU will not know how any individual students answer the questions. All answers are collected anonymously and will help the Title IX Coordinator better understand students' experiences. The only information NSU will learn about you is whether you completed the training or not. There is a question where you can mark yes to learn more about Title IX programs, and NSU will only be notified of your email address for that question, not how you answered any other questions. 

Yes. The training saves your progress after each section so you can take breaks and pick up where you left off. You do not need to complete the training in one sitting.  

When you have finished the course, you will earn a badge housed within Canvas. It takes a moment to load, but you should see it and be able to show the badge if requested. 

Yes. The online training addresses the university’s sexual misconduct policy; strategies for preventing sexual violence; and how to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct which impacts members of the NSU community. The content – like the university sexual misconduct policy – is applicable to all NSU campuses, programs, and educational platforms, regardless of geographic location, so all NSU students should participate in the training. 

Yes. The online training addresses the university’s sexual misconduct policy; strategies for preventing sexual violence; and how to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct which impacts members of the NSU community. The content – like the university sexual misconduct policy – is applicable to all NSU campuses, programs, and educational platforms, irrespective of geographic location, so all NSU students should participate in the training. While the laws and resources are specific to Florida, the Title IX staff can help you get connected to resources outside of Florida should you need them. 

Yes. As a student employee, you are uniquely positioned to influence campus climate and culture related to issues implicating the university’s sexual misconduct policy. You also bear a responsibility of reporting to the Title IX Coordinator any conduct or behaviors which may amount to a violation of the university sexual misconduct policy. This training will provide you with a strong foundational understanding of the concerning behaviors which warrant reporting, resources and support services made available to those persons impacted by sexual misconduct, and strategies for effective bystander intervention. Your supervisor may also require that you complete additional training specific to your employment. 

If you cannot find the invitation email in your inbox, please check your Junk and Archived folders. You can also access the course directly within Canvas. If you did not receive the email or cannot locate the course, please contact titleIX@nova.edu from your NSU email account. 

There is usually a very simple reason for this. If you come to a point in the training where the "Next" button is completely grayed out and unresponsive to a click of the mouse, take the time to thoroughly review the current screen (or the one immediately preceding). It is likely that you have missed a hyperlink, tab, or video which must be reviewed before advancing. 

If you are certain that the screen has frozen, please consider the following troubleshooting options: 

  • Re-Launch the training in the Google Chrome browser if you have been attempting to use Internet Explorer, Edge, or a different browser. 
  • Make sure that pop-ups are enabled. 
  • Make sure that you are able to view the entire window - there are some sections that require you to click on a highlighted tab or button that is near the edge of the window. You may need to scroll to find these if your window is smaller than the training viewing area

Yes. There are interactive features and questions throughout the program meant to engage you in critical thought relating to the subject-matter. In addition, there are survey questions designed to help the Title IX Coordinator assess the effectiveness of the training and determine future training needs. All data is shared anonymously and in aggregate form. 

Completion is tracked in Canvas. If your department requests proof of completion, you can share the badge. 

This training is distinct from any in-person sexual harassment or sexual violence prevention training you may have attended at NSU. In-person trainings are available to address unique needs, as a follow up to this training or to engage in a more in-depth discussion on a particular topic, and can be catered to your student group or organization. Contact titleIX@nova.edu if you would like to schedule one of these for your organization.

This training is mandatory for all students – independent of their employment status with the university. There are substantive differences between the content presented in this training and the employee training. Specifically, the employee training focused a great deal on your responsibilities as a university employee. This training, while acknowledging responsibilities possessed by all students, focuses on the rights that you maintain as an enrolled student within our community. 

Ultimately, we want you to complete this training as it will be a benefit to your experience as a student and will support the university’s aim to meet and exceed federal compliance mandates related to student education.

NSU certainly appreciates the concern about a new training obligation at the start of a new semester. Nevertheless, it is imperative that every member of the university community receive education to support the prevention of sexual misconduct. Fortunately, the training will not take very much of your time (no more than an hour) and it need’t be completed all in one sitting. We believe the information is important for all new members of our NSU community, so we hope that you will complete it by the deadline of March 26, 2021, set forth by Dr. Hanbury or within the first 30 days if you are a new student at NSU.

Again, NSU can appreciate the stressors associated with a rigorous course load.  As you progress in your chosen discipline, though, it is expected that you will come to find value in having encountered this training content early on. Other universities and workplaces have similar training requirements. 

While the training was updated recently, the modality and approach remains similar as it is geared towards adult learners. Below are some examples of direct feedback from students who completed the last version of the training. 

  • “This was a very engaging and informative way of presenting this vital information.” – Female graduate student (39 years old).
  • “Great way to present information. Informative, interactive, short, sweet, and manageable.” – Male graduate student (29 years old).
  • “This was very cool-looking, much more so than any of the others I have seen. I like the transitions, it kept it engaging!” – Female undergraduate student (49 years old).
  • “I am very happy the University is taking action in spreading awareness about sexual harassment and teaching how to end rape culture. I really liked the real-life situational examples and the question sections.” – Female undergraduate student (19 years old).
  • “This course was very informative and educational.”  – Male graduate student (56 years old).
The training is designed for a broad audience and individuals with experience working with victims/survivors of sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence were involved in designing it. It can be completed in a private setting or with a family member or supportive person nearby. The information is important for you to have, so if you find yourself having an adverse reaction due to a recent incident or other reason, you can contact NSU's Title IX Coordinator directly and she will work with you to find a way for you to receive the information in a non-triggering manner. 

You can learn more about NSU’s Title IX policy and procedures as well as on-going awareness programs available to students, staff, and faculty at www.nova.edu/title-ix.  

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