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, Staff and Student Employees
Resource: Employee Response Guide
All faculty, staff and student employees have access to online training modules on diversity and preventing and reporting all forms of discrimination, harassment and violence.
The following courses are currently available to all faculty, staff , administrators and student employees:
- 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. Duration is approximately 120 minutes. 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. Duration is approximately 60 minutes. Available translations: Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (Spain), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Tagalog.
- Diversity and Inclusion: Explores the nature of diversity and provides practical strategies for workplace inclusion. Key concepts such as identity, power, privilege, and communication are explored through the experiences of real people. By gaining a better appreciation for our shared experiences of difference, employees are encouraged to identify how they can create more inclusive and accepting workplaces. Duration is approximately 60 minutes. Available translations: Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (Spain), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Tagalog.
Human Resources automatically provides access to employees. To start learning now:
- Log into GoWMU
- From the Faculty/Staff Home tab, click All Links in the left navigation column
- Click EverFi HR Online Awareness and Prevention Training Courses
- Click the course title
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.
Campus Security Authority and Designated Official Training
While all employees have a duty to report criminal acts to police, there are specific reporters defined in the Clery Act, Title IX and/or University policy; members of the Board of Trustees, the President, members of the President's Cabinet, Deans, Supervisors, Academic Advisors as well as administrators, and staff in Residence Life, Intercollegiate Athletics, Human Resources, Office of Student Conduct, Department of Public Safety and Institutional Equity. Identified reporters should have received an email with a link to this training. However, the program is available to all employees and you may self-register using the instructions below.
- Log into GoWMU
- Click Elearning in the upper right corner
- Click Self Registration, then “Campus Security Authority and Designated Official Training”
Questions about this program may be directed to Felicia Crawford (Title IX Coordinator/Director of Title IX Compliance, Institutional Equity) firstname.lastname@example.org and Victoria Hastings (Officer, Department of Public Safety) email@example.com.
All students have access to online training modules on diversity and preventing and reporting all forms of discrimination, harassment and violence.
- Sexual Assault Prevention: Undergraduates, Title IX and Clery Act training that engages undergraduate students in fostering healthy relationships and preparing them to recognize and respond to sexual assault and harassment when it occurs. Duration is approximately 45 minutes.
- Sexual Assault Prevention: Graduate Students, Title IX and Clery Act training to support graduate students' interactions with advisors, faculty members, peers, and undergraduate students (including responding to disclosures). Duration is approximately 45 minutes.
- Sexual Assault Prevention Ongoing: Healthy Relationships, This training emphasizes healthy relationship skills and survivor empathy. Duration is approximately 25 minutes.
- AlcoholEdu for College, Alcohol awareness, prevention and training for students with new content on vaping and cannabis. Duration is approximately 90 minutes.
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Students, Equips students with information and skills to foster a culture of inclusive excellence. Duration is approximately 60 minutes.
To start learning now:
- Log into GoWMU
- From the Student Home tab, click All Links in the left navigation column
- Click the title of the course
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.
- 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.
For additional information on any of these programs, go to; wmich.edu/healthpromotion.