Ohio State’s mandatory sexual misconduct training important to shift culture, students say

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In the wake of the Me Too era, Ohio State University has implemented new mandatory sexual misconduct training for students and staff. 

The online training will teach students and staff about what constitutes sexual misconduct as well as how to report it. So far, more than 2,000 students have already completed the training since its launch last week.

Julia Dennen, a third-year OSU student, said the training is something the school needed.

“As a woman on a campus, sexual assault is something you’re hyper aware of all the time,” she said. “This training is really great because it allows students to take personal responsibility for their actions and keeping themselves and their peers safe on campus.”

The interactive program covers several important topics, from sexual harassment and assault to dating violence and stalking. It also defines what consent means, how students can report sexual misconduct and the resources available to get help.

Shawn Semmler, a fourth-year OSU student, said the program helps close the gaps between high school and college cultures.

“Making that transition from high school to college is hard for a number of reasons, but we hardly talk about any of these issues in high school,” he said. “Doing this training on a yearly basis, we’re starting to shift the culture and climate here on campus by empowering us as students, individuals, survivors and support units for survivors.”

Kellie Brennan, the Title IX and Clery Act Coordinator for Ohio State, said the training only takes about 25 minutes to complete.

“We really want this to be a priority for everyone because this is a topic that everyone needs to understand,” Brennan said.

Dennan said she thinks this training is important for everyone on and off campus.

“It kind of forces you to have the conversations you don’t really want to have, to kind of change the culture where it’s easy to say, ‘Well it doesn’t happen to my friends, it doesn’t happen to me,’” she said. “It kind of makes you face those hard facts.”

All students faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the mandatory training as soon as possible.

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