Sexual Misconduct Prevention Programming at UMD
The University of Minnesota Duluth offers a wide range of activities that help the campus community engage in sexual misconduct awareness and prevention.
- All new students are required to complete a sexual assault awareness and prevention module before coming to campus for their first semester. UMD partners with EverFi to offer the Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduate Students, Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students, and Sexual Assault Prevention for Adult Learners modules.
- All faculty and staff are required to complete an online training called "Preventing Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination and Retaliation." The U of M Twin Cities website about the training is found here.
- The Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) offers programming year-round to educate the UMD community on sexual assault awareness and prevention. Activities include Take Back the Night, the Clothesline Project, and a Mock Rape Trial.
- Health Education (within UMD Health Services) sponsors UMD's bystander intervention program, called "Got Your Back! UMD." The program is "a bystander intervention initiative that encourages EVERYONE to notice harmful situations around them EVERY DAY, and to take the steps to safely and effectively intervene."
Sexual Misconduct Prevention Committee
Formed in 2021, the Sexual Misconduct Prevention Committee (SMPC) brought together and combined the Sexual Violence Response Team and the UMD Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Dating Violence Committee. The members of the SMPC are students, staff and faculty representing units, departments, and community partners engaging and collaborating in sexual misconduct prevention work. SMPC members possess expertise across disciplines and work areas. The charge of the UMD Sexual Misconduct Prevention Committee is to:
- Promote bystander intervention education and practices to prevent sexual misconduct
- Support programming and education that underscores healthy relationships, safe dating practices, healthy sexuality, and empowerment in intimate relationships
- Promote trauma-informed practices in University response to sexual misconduct
- Serve as a source of expert advice and counsel about the University's practices and policies
- Review and consult on data and assessments related to sexual misconduct
- Providing semi-annual progress reports to the Vice Chancellor of Student Life and Dean of Students
- Make recommendations for improvement