Online Training

Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Online Training

In April 2017, the State University of New York, in partnership with the City University of New York, will launch an 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.

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 is completing 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 project will launch April 4, 2017, the sixth year anniversary of the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Dear Colleague Letter on sexual violence. Interested institutions may register to receive information, toolkit/instructions, and content as it becomes available.

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.


Register as a participating institution.

Registered members can download content here (password protected)


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Working Group Members (alphabetical):

For specific questions, please email Project Coordinator Joseph Storch.