IT TAKES ALL OF US
Mandatory Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Training
Why awareness and training matter
We have created mandatory sexual violence awareness and prevention training in our ongoing efforts to foster a safe and respectful environment at Concordia.
As our community continues to learn and grow, new modules will be added. Currently, two modules are offered to Students, Staff and Faculty, either as online training or in-person virtual workshops:
The training in this first module is preventive in nature and explores the basics of sexual violence. A definition and examples of sexual violence is offered along with information and tools regarding consent, bystander intervention, and supporting survivors. Throughout the module, participants will engage with various scenarios. Finally, information on our policies and processes as well as internal and community resources is offered.
Systems of Oppression and Intersectionality
This second training module focuses on a root cause of sexual violence, systemic power and intersectionality. These concepts are presented to participants using a tool called the Anti-Oppression tree followed by various scenarios, allowing for deep exploration of the topic.
Creating a safe environment for everyone
Sexual violence awareness and prevention training is fundamental in creating a safe and supportive working and learning environment at Concordia and is a legal requirement as outlined by Bill 151.
The in-person virtual workshops require active participation, including discussion with other participants. While the facilitator of each session will do their best to create a safe space for respectful discussion, they cannot guarantee other participants will not use triggering or problematic language. These sessions make use of Zoom breakout rooms which may not have a facilitator present, thereby increasing the risk of encountering triggering or problematic language from others. If you think this kind of situation is unsuitable for you to learn, we encourage you to use the online module. If neither of these options is suitable for you, please get in touch with the Sexual Assault Resource Centre to discuss accommodations.
To Complete the Training
Information about how and when to complete the training
The training will be offered in two formats: users can choose to take either the online e-learning Module or participate in an in-person virtual workshop using Zoom. Either format fulfills the mandatory requirement. You can also access the "It Takes All of Us" training by logging in to the Student Hub and going to My CU Account.
All students are required to do training once when they arrive at Concordia and are encouraged to continue their learning by completing new modules as they are released.
All new students must complete the Introductory Module within the first 6 weeks of the semester.
Deadline for winter 2023: February 20, 2023
Faculty and Staff
All new Faculty and Staff must complete the Introductory Module within 6 weeks of their hire date.
All Faculty and Staff are required to complete annual training for sexual violence awareness and prevention. New content will be released each year at the beginning of May and a generous timeline for completion will be given.
Deadline for winter 2023: February 20, 2023
In-person training sessions are offered by the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
- It takes all of us – safety and respect are community-wide responsibilities.
- Sexual violence awareness and prevention training is a legal requirement as outlined by Bill 151. As a result, it is the responsibility of everyone in the community to complete the training.
The content of the sexual violence awareness and prevention training is preventive in nature and focuses on:
- Bystander intervention;
- Supporting survivors; and
- Information on our policies and processes.
New module for returning staff/ faculty focuses on:
- Systems of Oppression and Intersectionality
All new students (whether undergraduate or graduate) must complete this mandatory training by October 15, 2022.
All faculty and staff members must complete this mandatory training by October 15, 2022.
- The Introductory Module takes between 45 and 60 minutes to complete.
- The additional module on Systems of Oppression and Intersectionality takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.
- The in-person virtual group training offered by the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) takes 1.5 hours. Space is limited and registration is required.
- Sexual violence awareness and prevention training is a legal requirement as outlined by Bill 151. As a result, all Concordia faculty, staff and students must complete the training.
- Cases of faculty and staff who do not comply with this mandatory requirement will be addressed through the respective collective or employment agreement or policy.
- Students – whether new or returning, undergraduate or graduate – who have not completed the training by the deadline will have a block placed on their student account that will prevent registration for future semesters unless the training is completed.
- If you have not received confirmation by email and/or wish to check your status, you can access the status of the "It Takes All of Us" training online.
- The training is a legal requirement that is not optional but we understand this can also be a sensitive topic that can impact people in different ways.
- Questions and concerns can be sent to email@example.com
- Those seeking in-person support are encouraged to reach out to the Sexual Assault Resource Centre by calling the SARC Service Assistant at 514-848-2424 ext. 5972.
- Within the online version of the training, the “I’m feeling overwhelmed” button is there for people who are experiencing distress because of the content of the training.
- Once the button is clicked, information regarding immediate support will pop up.
- The button allows the viewer to exit the part they are finding distressing and to move ahead to the next section.
- The expectation remains that the training be completed by the deadline.Those who continue to experience significant distress are encouraged to reach out to the Sexual Assault Resource Centre so that they can go over the training content in a one-on-one setting.
Those experiencing technical issues in completing the online version of the training should contact Concordia’s IITS help desk.
- No, there are two different training modules: one for students and another for employees.
- All students (including those who work at Concordia as research assistants and teaching assistants, as well as students hired to work on time sheets or short term contracts) are required to do the student module.
- NOTE: Faculty and staff will need to take the training every year, while students only need to take it once during the course of their studies.
- Faculty and/or staff members who were on leave will be obliged to take the training when they return.
- Note that faculty members who are on sabbatical leave are still required to do the training while on sabbatical.
- Please send all questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to ensure timely and effective responses, please include your student and employee Netnames in all communications.
- As required by Concordia policy and in compliance with Bill 151, all staff and faculty are required to do training each year. Efforts are made to release a new module on a regular basis which explores a new topic related to sexual violence. Everyone is encouraged to do the new module, however you may re-take the introduction module if you prefer. You are also welcome to take or re-take any module at any time throughout the year, as you wish.
- Yes, as a student employee you play an integral role in upholding the University's committment to fostering a safe and respectful learning environment. That's why it's imperative for you to read and understand this additional information for student employees at Concordia University.