By Jessica Wang
Cal Poly Pomona’s Title IX office implemented a new training program for students this fall, which seeks to provide education on sexual misconduct, domestic violence, discrimination and stalking within the campus community.
Not Anymore, the title of the newly mandated training, comes at the heels of last year’s Agents of Change program, which experienced a security breach of students’ personal information.
In addition to a better understanding of sexual misconduct, Not Anymore seeks to create a culture of reporting and bystander intervention during possible instances of victimization. The number and highly underreported nature of sexual misconduct, according to Title IX Coordinator Linda Hoos, is much too high.
“There’s a lot of shame and embarrassment and self-blame,” said Hoos. “We can change the culture around that too and make people understand that there’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
It’s no secret, however, that the possible data breach within Agents of Change, coupled with the often-tedious process of having to annually complete new training, has left some students with less than enthusiastic temperaments regarding the new program.
Hoos weighed in on these concerns.
“I hear what students are saying; I understand that it’s a lot,” said Hoos. “I hope they realize that this is new and evolving. The point is to go deeper into some of these issues so students aren’t just getting the basic information, but they’re actually learning more.”
Associated Students, Inc. President Julian Herrera offered insight on the issue.
“I think students are reluctant [and] having this kind of feeling toward the training [because] the previous one wasn’t all that great,” said Herrera. “And now they’re being told that [they’ll] have to do it again, and it’s leaving a bad taste in their mouths.”
Despite the existing concerns surrounding the possible security breach, students also offered words of support for the new program.
“It’s a good way to get everybody on the same page,” said fifth-year graphic design student Maddie Carff. “And to make sure everybody knows what’s up and is aware, I think it’s a good thing.”
Corey Stock, a fifth-year computer information systems student, shared his sentiments.
“Personally, I didn’t find it necessary,” said Stock. “I was sort of upset that this [concept] needs to be completely illustrated to students.”
According to Hoos, feedback of the new program has been fairly positive. The major goal is to offer different material every year to eliminate redundancy or monotony. Refresher courses won’t need to include as much information as initial training, which ties into the larger goal of students actually acquiring an education on the issues rather than being presented with the same basic information each time.
An imperative aspect of Not Anymore is affirmative consent: the concept that consent falls solely on “yes means yes” rather than the accustomed “no means no,” which stems from the understanding that not all situations permit clear consent.
The new training, in addition to providing information for possible victims of sexual misconduct or discrimination, also seeks to aid those being accused to better understand the scope of the situation.
While becoming a victim of sexual misconduct may appear to be far fetched for many college-aged students, statistics demonstrate that it’s more common than many realize.
“You may have not had it happen to you personally, but the chances are pretty good that you know somebody who has had it happen to [them],” said Hoos.
The deadline to complete the online training is Monday, Jan. 18. Students who fail to meet the deadline will be placed on a registration hold for spring quarter.
Courtesy of Student Success
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