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Sexual Misconduct and Title IX

Training, Educational Programming, and Outreach

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering a culture of prevention and awareness around sexual misconduct and gender equity. Mandatory trainings covering Title IX topics are required for all student, faculty, and staff during onboarding processes, including New Student Orientation.

Additionally, the team at the Title IX Office, student leaders, and other community members lead interactive outreach efforts throughout the year to help educate the University community on prevention, being an active bystander, how to support survivors, the University of Rochester Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, the Title IX process, and related topics.

The University regularly invites partners from organizations with expertise on these topics to lead educational programming, including RESTORE Sexual Assault Services, Willow Domestic Violence Shelter and others. Recent programs have included Take Back the Night, workshops, film screenings, The Clothesline Project, Walk a Mile, It's On Us National Pledge Day, Medallion Leadership Program classes, and information tables.

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Educational Programming

The Title IX Office offers educational programming for student groups and organizations upon request. Programs can be tailored to fit your needs or you may pick from the programs below. Program requests can be made by filling out the online Educational Programming Request Form. Please allow a two week turnaround for scheduling. Note: It is the responsibility of the person requesting the training to secure a location. Below are some workshops already offered on campus, some are offered in-person and others are available online.

Complete the online training request form

Unpacking Sexual Misconduct (Medallion Program) – 60 min

Revisit and expand on your sexual misconduct training from your first year by discussing how you can be leaders in preventing sexual assault and promoting a safe, consensual environment for yourself, friends, and community. It’s on all of us to prevent sexual misconduct at the University of Rochester and wherever our journey in life takes us.

BADASS Bystander (Medallion Program) – 150 min

Take the extra step to empower and protect yourself, friends, and community members by becoming a BADASS Bystander! Utilizing role-plays, participants will be observing a potentially harmful situation, and rather than being passive bystanders, they will utilize skills to be active bystanders who take action to interrupt harm and generate positive actions by others. This program will help participants gain crucial skills to take action and start an effective conversation to address and prevent instances of sexual misconduct. Being a BADASS means Being Aware, Deciding to Act, and Saying Something (Catchphrase borrowed with permission from Colorado College).

Title IX Refresher – 60 min

This program is an overview of Title IX, University of Rochester’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and the basics of prevention on campus. Great introduction to what the Title IX process is like and what the expectations are for our community.

Supporting Your Friends and Yourself – 60 min

This program focuses more on the process after sexual misconduct has occurred and covers the basics of making a report and the options that one has both on and off campus.

Sexual Misconduct Jeopardy! – 90 min

Gather your friends together for a fun and educational sexual misconduct jeopardy game! Tell us the categories Alex Trebek! - Yes means Yes, Bye Bye Bystander, Hashtags#, Myth or Fact, Show Me the Numbers and Title IX Galore.

Responsible Employee Training - 60 min

This training will meet the requirements for student staff or professional staff who work with students at the University and are considered responsible employees per the SSMP and Title IX policies. Whether you are a new hire or your Department needs annual training on reporting obligations and steps to take, this will cover those requirements.

Complete the online training request form   

Don't cancel that class!

Are you faculty or staff who can’t make it to class and are considering canceling it? Don’t Cancel That Class! As an alternative to canceling class, let the Associate Director for Sexual Misconduct Prevention Education and Response present to your students and take advantage of your valuable class time!

Request a DON'T CANCEL THAT CLASS! session     

Public awareness/advocacy events

If you disclose a situation through a public awareness event such as “Take Back the Night”, candlelight vigils, protests, student organization or other event or forum, or other public events, University of Rochester is not obligated to begin an investigation. University of Rochester may use the information you provided to inform the need for additional education and prevention efforts.

Training materials for Title IX personnel: § 106.45(b)(1)(iii) & § 106.45(b)(10)(i)(D)  

Pursuant to Federal Title IX regulations any investigators, decision-makers, Title IX Coordinators, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process will, when serving in such a role, be trained to serve in that role. These individuals must participate in training on the definition of sexual harassment in § 106.30, the scope of the recipient’s education program or activity, how to conduct an investigation and grievance process including hearings, appeals, and informal resolution processes, as applicable, and how  to serve impartially, including by avoiding prejudgment of the facts at issue, conflicts of interest, and bias. Decision-makers must receive training on any technology to be used at a live hearing, and on issues of relevance of questions and evidence, including when questions and evidence about a complainant's sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not relevant. Investigators must receive training on issues of relevance to create an investigative report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence.


Title IX: An Introduction to the New Regulations
Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
Attendees: Decision-makers

Title IX Coordinator Training
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Attendees: Title IX Coordinators

New Title IX Compliance Training
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Attendees: Investigators, Decision-Makers, Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators, Title IX Office Staff Personnel, persons who facilitate an informal resolution process, Office of Counsel.

Title IX Investigator Training
ATIXA – Association of Title IX Administrators
11/3/2020, 11/10/2020, 11/17/2020
Attendees: Investigators, Title IX Coordinator


Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Attendees: Investigators, decision-makers, Title IX Coordinator, persons who facilitate an informal resolution process, Office of Counsel.


Student Conduct Institute Badge

Investigators, Decision-Makers, Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators, Title IX Office Staff Personnel, persons who facilitate an informal resolution process, Office of Counsel.