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SPARC: Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention & Response Course Online Training

In April 2017, the State University of New York, in partnership with the City University of New York, launched the SPARC online training system to assist colleges and universities in training students in prevention of sexual, interpersonal and related violence. The system is designed to run as a course in BlackBoard or another learning management system, and to communicate with Banner or PeopleSoft for tracking of course completion. Rather than a static video with one-size-fits-all content, this system allows and even demands customization and personalization by colleges so that your students are trained by their fellow students, as well as their faculty, staff and institutional leaders. And best of all, due to the support of the participating institutions and significant volunteer work by the working group members, we can offer the system to any college or university at no cost.

“New York’s ‘Enough is Enough’ law equips colleges and universities with some of the strongest guidance in the country, and it our duty at SUNY to share our expertise in teaching our students and staff how to prevent that violence before it occurs,”

Chancellor Johnson Headshotsaid SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson about the SPARC program.

“By building awareness and sharing resources, we can better ensure safe learning environments for all students not just in New York but nationwide.”

The project began in fall 2015 and involved a working group made up of representatives from the University at Albany, SUNY Oneonta, Finger Lakes Community College, Siena College, CUNY, and the SUNY Office of General Counsel with assistance from the New York State Department of Health. The working group met several times in person and communicated significantly to develop content and systems.

The working group completed the content for two different systems, to allow participating campuses to choose between System A and System B. The working group has reviewed the content of each to ensure that important training requirements under Title IX, the Clery Act as amended by the Violence Against Women Act and (for New York State colleges and universities) Education Law 129-B are covered. Further, the content includes cutting-edge use of education and training techniques, and well as resources created by the working group or used by permission that address these important issues in a clear manner. 

The intent of this training is to be the beginning, not the end, of a training campaign. The working group acknowledges that online training is not a replacement for in person training and hopes that this resource can be a piece of the puzzle, not the entire puzzle. Further, we hope that the resource assists institutions in reaching underserved populations including non-traditional, distance education, part-time and military students.

The content and systems are covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. This means that institutions are free to use, customize, adapt, and re-share the content created by the working group, with proper attribution, for non-commercial purposes. This content may not be sold.

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Yes! I’m interested in SPARC.

Next Steps:

Register as a participating institution.
You will receive information, toolkit/instructions, and extended content as it becomes available.

Watch a recording of the Introduction Webinar
This webinar introduces the training and explains the process and how to participate.

Watch a recording of the Rollout Webinar
This webinar rolls out the system and updates participants on how to customize the training system

Access SPARC/Articulate technical assistance webinars that will help you create your customized training (password to this site is provided upon registration).  Additional trainings will be held and can be tailored to address the needs of any participating campus.

Refer to SUNY SPARC Resources for additional information, assistance and guidance.


Resources:

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SPARC states mapAs of October 18, 2017, representatives from 145 colleges and universities, which educate more than 1.58 million students, have downloaded SPARC and are actively customizing the SUNY developed training for their own use.  Over 400 registrants from colleges in 36 states and three Canadian provinces are actively investigating using SPARC.

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Working Group Members (alphabetical):

  • Michael Bartoletti, Director of Enterprise Applications Services, University at Albany
  • Andrew Bradfield, Residence Hall Director, SUNY Oneonta
  • Debora Cheney, Strategic Advisor, Office of the CIO, University at Albany
  • Chantelle Cleary, Title IX Coordinator, University at Albany
  • Jennie Erdle, Director of Student Life, Finger Lakes Community College
  • Tricia George, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, University at Albany
  • Lois Goland, Title IX Coordinator, Siena College
  • Rebecca Harrington, Health Educator, SUNY Oneonta 
  • David Jones, University Director, Student Conduct and Residence Life, City University of New York
  • Pamela Lantzy, Assistant Director of Academic Solutions, University at Albany
  • Stacey Lococo, Former Intern, Office of General Counsel, State University of New York
  • Chris Moore, Associate Director of Faculty Technology Resources, University at Albany
  • Victoria Ossenfort, Senior Solution Specialist for Teaching and Learning, University at Albany
  • Rodney Pepe-Souvenir, Associate Director for Diversity Compliance, City University of New York
  • Carol Stenger, Director, Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence, University at Albany
  • Joseph Storch, Associate Counsel, Office of General Counsel, State University of New York
  • Leah Wentworth, Evaluation Specialist, New York State Department of Health

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For specific questions, please email Project Coordinator Joseph Storch.