Western Michigan University is committed to the prevention of sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence through education and awareness programs. The University is also committed to the protection of minors and the prevention of child abuse. Throughout the year, the University offers educational programs to promote awareness of sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, intimate partner violence and stalking.
Faculty and staff
How to respond to a disclosure of sexual or gender-based harassment or violence
You have undoubtedly heard about cases of sexual harassment and assault on college campuses across the nation. How are these issues being addressed at WMU? How do you support a student or colleague who reaches out to you for help? What about privacy and confidentiality concerns? This program answers these questions and covers steps faculty, staff and graduate assistants can take to improve safety at all WMU locations. Though open to all WMU employees, anyone designated as a Responsible Employee or Campus Security Authority is strongly encouraged to attend (see Responsible Employee List).
Training dates for 2019/2020 have been scheduled;
Tuesday, September 24; 9 - 10 am
Wednesday, October 23; 1 - 2 pm
Thursday, November 14; 9 - 10 am
Thursday, December 5; 1 - 2 pm
Tuesday, January 28; 1 - 2 pm
Wednesday, February 26; 1 - 2 pm
Tuesday, March 24; 9 - 10 am
Thursday, May 7; 9 - 10 am (Session has been canceled)
All sessions are scheduled to be held in 1231 Trimpe.
Registration for the How to Respond to a Disclosure program is available online through the Faculty Development Workshop website.
Sexual Misconduct and Safety - Campus Resource Guide
Faculty and Staff - Responding to a sexual misconduct report
Online Training on Preventing Harassment/Sexual Misconduct
All students have access to Sexual Assault Prevention Ongoing; an educational module that assesses student opinions about sexual misconduct, while also explaining how to prevent sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment.
To start learning now, login to GoWMU. From the "Student Home" tab, click "All Links" then "Sexual Assault Prevention Ongoing" (for undergraduates) or "Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students".
Faculty, Staff and Student Employees
All faculty, staff and student employees have access to online training modules on preventing all forms of discrimination, harassment and violence. Human Resources automatically provides access to employees.
To start learning now, login to GoWMU. From the "Faculty/Staff Home" tab, click "All Links" then "EverFi HR Online Awareness and Prevention Training Courses".
The following courses are currently available:
- Bullying in the workplace prevention: This course trains managers and employees to recognize and prevent workplace bullying. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
- Harassment and discrimination prevention: For supervisors and non-supervisors, these courses engage faculty and staff members on how to identify and report sexual and interpersonal misconduct, and cover awareness and prevention topics required by the Clery Act and Title IX. For supervisors, this courses trains to identify and eliminate workplace harassment and discrimination based on protected characteristics by helping them understand the law and demonstrating how to appropriately respond to misconduct. It takes approximately 120 minutes to complete. For non-supervisors, this course engages employees and raises their awareness about harassment and discrimination by explaining the law and provides insight on how to appropriately respond to reports of misconduct. It takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.
- Workplace violence prevention: This course provides information about warning signs to prevent horrible workplace tragedies from occurring. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Please visit the HR EverFi Online Training frequently asked questions web page for a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the EverFi Faculty and Staff Awareness Online Training.
Office of Health Promotion and Education Programs
The Office of Health Promotion and Education coordinates the following education opportunities regarding sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, intimate partner violence and stalking. The focus is on primary prevention, bystander intervention, and reporting and referral support.
- Theatre for Community Health offers applied theater performances and flash mob dances on topics including, but not limited to, relationships, alcohol and other drugs, dehumanization/violence prevention, consent and bystander intervention.
- The Sexual Health Peer Education program offers presentations and awareness events on topics including, but not limited to, relationships, consent and healthy communication.
- The FIRE, or Fighting Ignorance and Rape Through Education, peer education program offers presentations and awareness events on topics including relationships, consent, violence (including dating and domestic), stalking, sexual assault, sexual harassment, dehumanization and bias incidents.
- The FIRE Place is a support and resource center offering education, healing arts, resources, referrals and reporting assistance for survivors and friends of survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence and any other form of bias incident.
- The Western HEROES program offers trainings on bystander intervention skills as they apply to the health and safety of the campus community on topics including, but not limited to, dehumanization, violence (dating, domestic, hazing), sexual harassment, relationships, alcohol and other drugs, and mental health.
- Gentlemen United, a new co-curricular prevention leadership program, is designed to empower men to step up and make WMU a safe and fun place for everyone. This program will select 25 students to complete leadership training while having meaningful conversations about how to have great relationships, understanding consent, and encouraging healthy social habits.
For additional information on any of these programs, go to; wmich.edu/healthpromotion.
Title IX-Related Training/Education Summary Form
This form is used to track faculty, staff and student training and education activity on topics related to Title IX/sexual misconduct. The data will be used to guide future outreach planning and will also be used for agency reporting.