Oklahoma State University Mandates Sexual Assault Prevention Course

Oklahoma State University has implemented a new online course for students to teach them how to prevent sexual assault, months after the federal government announced the school was one of 55 colleges or universities across the country facing a Title IX investigation over the handling of sexual abuse complaints.

It’s mandatory for institutions to do some sort of training under Title IX, said Lee Bird, vice president for Student Affairs at OSU.

“It’s designed for students. It has some videos, has information. It’s visually appealing,” she said.

The class takes about 45 minutes to complete, Bird said, and there is an optional question-and-answer portion about behavior changes. The free training teaches students about Title IX, including gender discrimination and sexual harassment, and informs students about how and what to report and where to go for help.

Every OSU student must complete the training before enrolling for the spring 2015 term, which occurs between October and December.

In April, the Department of Education released the names of 55 schools facing Title IX investigations. OSU was the only Oklahoma college or university on the list. <Read more.>

Via Kristi Eaton, Associated Press on Diverse Issues in Higher Education.