Course Description

The Clery Act aims to prevent campus crime, in part, by making campus policy and crime statistics available to the public. In order to comply with these Clery Act requirements, colleges and universities must understand what the law entails, their responsibilities, and how they can actively foster campus safety. Some faculty and staff have specific duties and responsibility related to maintaining a safe campus, and reporting information they receive about possible crimes. In addition, institutions have a responsibility to fulfill these requirements in a transparent and sensitive manner.

EVERFI’s Building Supportive Communities course is a comprehensive education solution that introduces faculty and staff to Title IX and the Clery Act, and prepares them to provide supportive and effective responses when someone may have experienced sexual violence, relationship abuse or violence, or stalking.

In addition to understanding the legal definitions of sexual harassment, the course gives faculty and staff the opportunity to practice identifying signs that someone may be experiencing abuse or violence, and teaches them how to respond in a supportive manner.

This course reflects training requirements outlined in the 2020 Title IX changes.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the protections against different types of sexual harassment for higher education students and employees
  • Define key terms to know (sexual harassment, hostile environment, quid pro quo, sexual assault, relationship violence, retaliation)
  • Recognize different forms of sexual harassment: sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking that are common in a college environment
  • How to provide supportive and effective responses and identify safe intervention options when someone may be experiencing sexual and relationship violence
  • Understand reporting options and disciplinary proceedings for sexual and relationship misconduct

Course Syllabus

Module 1: Introduction

The introduction welcomes learners into the course. It prepares the learner for upcoming content in the next module by introducing Title IX and defining key terms.

  • 1 Customizable Content Page
  • 1 Custom Video Page
  • Pre-Course Survey
  • Pre-CourseQuiz

Module 2: Building Supportive Communities

This module prepares faculty and staff to provide supportive and effective responses when someone may have experienced sexual violence, relationship abuse or violence, or stalking. Legal definitions of sexual harassment, including consent, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking, are provided, and scenarios present situations to show how these behaviors manifest.

Interactions give learners an opportunity to practice identifying signs that someone may be experiencing abuse or violence, how to respond in a supportive manner, what are the available reporting options, and what may occur after a report is made.

  • Custom Sexual Misconduct Policy
  • 9 Customizable Content Pages
  • Additional Resources for:
    • Dating and Domestic Violence Definition
    • Consent Definition
    • Sexual Assault Definition
    • Stalking Definition
    • Reporting Disclosure Statement
    • Grievance Statement and Process

Module 3: Conclusion

This module provides the learner with a brief review of content covered in the course, and four configurable pages for client customization.

  • 1 Customizable Content Page
  • 1 Custom Video Page
  • 1 Custom Policy Acknowledgement
  • Additional Resources

There is an additional post-course, follow-up survey (which mirrors the pre-course survey) that is assigned as a separate learning activity and considered Part 2. EVERFI recommends assigning Part 2 of the course 30-45 days after the learner completes Part 1.

This 30-45 day intersession period allows learners to process the information from the course, start putting their new knowledge and skills into practice, and become more acclimated to their environment. This enables the Part 2 follow-up survey to assess changes in learner attitudes and behaviors, as well as the impact of the school or organization environment.

Automated Assignments can be used to implement an intersession.

Post-Course Survey


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