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Graduate & Professional Students

UHS provides an online violence prevention program for incoming graduate and professional students at UW–Madison.

If you are a newly admitted graduate or professional student you will have access to the online program later in the summer, along with communication from University Health Services regarding the deadline to complete the program.

An offline version of the program is also available to view but it is not the course for the mandatory requirement.

The program is designed to promote the health and safety of the campus community by increasing students’ understanding of:

  • Dynamics of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, and stalking
  • Safe and effective prevention strategies they can use
  • Available campus and community resources for confidential support
  • Victim rights and reporting options

Participating in this program will equip you with tools to address violence in our campus community and contribute to safe and supportive learning environments.

New Summer/Fall 2020 students: Newly admitted graduate or professional students will receive an email from University Health Services with instructions on how to access the online program Violence Prevention for Graduate and Professional Students later this summer.

Note for Spring 2020 students: In response to COVID-19, UHS did not place enrollment holds as a penalty for not completing the online program.

Contact violenceprevention@uhs.wisc.edu
with any questions or comments about the program.

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Why do incoming graduate and professional students complete the program?

Over half of female graduate and professional students, one third of male graduate and professional students, and almost seventy percent of trans and gender non-conforming graduate and professional students reported experiencing sexual harassment during their time at UW–Madison. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, and dating violence are violations of the University of Wisconsin System student code of conduct and against the law. UW–Madison takes these crimes very seriously and expects all students to do the same. Knowing what red flags to look for, how to get consent, what resources are available to help victims, how to intervene, and how to help a friend are crucial for making UW–Madison a safe place for all students.

What if the content is too emotionally triggering?

We understand that the discussion of sexual assault and dating violence can be difficult for survivors of these crimes. This online course allows students to participate in this program in the privacy of their own homes or residence halls at their own pace. The ESCAPE link at the top right corner of the screen can direct you to resources and support services. If you feel that the program is too emotionally challenging for you, email violenceprevention@uhs.wisc.edu to ask about  alternative options.

Can I stop and save before I complete the program?

It is recommended to complete the program in one sitting to avoid technical difficulties.

How do I access the program?

The online program will be available for all incoming graduate and professional students through their Learn@UW in Canvas later this summer. Newly admitted graduate or professional students will receive an email from University Health Services with instructions on accessing the program.

Who should complete it?

All incoming graduate and professional students are expected to complete the program by the deadline, as noted above. Students will receive an email from their school with additional information about their participation.

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Will I be required to take the employee violence prevention program?

No, graduate students are not required to take the employee violence prevention program.

How long will it take to complete?

The program will take about 30–45 minutes to complete.

When will a hold be placed on my account and how do I get it removed?

Note for Spring 2020 Students: In response to COVID-19, UHS did not place enrollment holds as a penalty for not completing the online program.

Students with holds will receive regular emails reminding them of their registration hold. Students will not be able to enroll in future courses until the program has been completed. Holds lift automatically within one hour of program completion.

What technology requirements do I need to complete the program?

You will need a computer with an internet connection. If the program does not load, please try using an alternate browser. The program also contains audio. For those who do not have speakers or who cannot otherwise access the audio, a full transcript is available by contacting violenceprevention@uhs.wisc.edu.

Who do I contact if I have questions or comments?

Please contact violenceprevention@uhs.wisc.edu with any questions or comments about the program. For technical assistance with Learn@UW, please contact the DoIT Help Desk.