University of California-Riverside mandates that all faculty and staff members undergo “sexual harassment and sexual violence (SVSH) awareness and prevention training” according to a university website.
But the school is offering a way out of Powerpoints and videos; attend a play on campus about sexual assault. According to a press release from the university, “Instead of completing the training online employees can attend a live, three-act play put on by the group Life Theatre Services — which performs at all UC schools…Brooke Chang, director of UCR’s Office of Title IX, encourages supervisors, staff, and faculty members to take a two-hour break and join colleagues for the live performance. Chang will also be present to answer any questions regarding UCR’s specific policies and procedures.This training is open to all staff, who are required to take the training on a yearly basis, as well as supervisors and faculty, who are required to take the training every two years.”
It remains unclear how a play on sexual harassment prepares faculty and staff to address sexual harassment issues on campus. This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at the university, with plenty of trainings and events going on campus about the issue of sexual assault.
According to a university Facebook page, this includes an “It’s On Us” campaign as well as a discussion on survivor rights as part of the campaign.
The university’s Title IX office’s website says, “Sexual harassment prevention education presentations are available to all members of the UCR community. These presentations increase awareness and provide information and resources about issues such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape prevention, dating/domestic violence and stalking.”