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Sexual Misconduct and Title IX

Training, Educational Programming, and Outreach

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering a culture of prevention and awareness around sexual misconduct and gender equity. Mandatory trainings covering Title IX topics are required for all student, faculty, and staff during onboarding processes, including New Student Orientation.


Additionally, the team at the Title IX Office, student leaders, and other community members lead interactive outreach efforts throughout the year to help educate the University community on prevention, being an active bystander, how to support survivors, the University of Rochester Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, the Title IX process, and related topics.

The University regularly invites partners from organizations with expertise on these topics to lead educational programming, including RESTORE Sexual Assault Services, Willow Domestic Violence Shelter and others. Recent programs have included Take Back the Night, workshops, film screenings, The Clothesline Project, Walk a Mile, It's On Us National Pledge Day, Medallion Leadership Program classes, and information tables.


The Title IX Office offers educational programming for student groups and organizations upon request. Programs can be tailored to fit your needs or you may pick from the programs below. Program requests can be made by filling out the online Educational Programming Request Form. Please allow a two week turnaround for scheduling. Note: It is the responsibility of the person requesting the training to secure a location. Below are some workshops already offered on campus, some are offered in-person and others are available online.

Complete the online training request form

Unpacking Sexual Misconduct (Medallion Program) – 60 min

Revisit and expand on your sexual misconduct training from your first year by discussing how you can be leaders in preventing sexual assault and promoting a safe, consensual environment for yourself, friends, and community. It’s on all of us to prevent sexual misconduct at the University of Rochester and wherever our journey in life takes us.

BADASS Bystander (Medallion Program) – 150 min

Take the extra step to empower and protect yourself, friends, and community members by becoming a BADASS Bystander! Utilizing role-plays, participants will be observing a potentially harmful situation, and rather than being passive bystanders, they will utilize skills to be active bystanders who take action to interrupt harm and generate positive actions by others. This program will help participants gain crucial skills to take action and start an effective conversation to address and prevent instances of sexual misconduct. Being a BADASS means Being Aware, Deciding to Act, and Saying Something (Catchphrase borrowed with permission from Colorado College).

LGBTQ Ally Bootcamp: Learn the Walk to Back Up your Ally Talk (Medallion Program) – 90 min

Do you consider yourself an ally to the LGBTQ community or would you like to be an ally but just aren’t sure how? Either way, this workshop is for you! You’ll learn to identify some of the macroaggressions and structural systems that lead to oppression of LGBTQ folks. Then you start to hone your skills in being an active bystander and a true Ally.

Title IX Refresher – 60 min

This program is an overview of Title IX, University of Rochester’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and the basics of prevention on campus. Great introduction to what the Title IX process is like and what the expectations are for our community.

Supporting Your Friends and Yourself – 60 min

This program focuses more on the process after sexual misconduct has occurred and covers the basics of making a report and the options that one has both on and off campus.

Sexual Misconduct Jeopardy! – 90 min

Gather your friends together for a fun and educational sexual misconduct jeopardy game! Tell us the categories Alex Trebek! - Yes means Yes, Bye Bye Bystander, Hashtags#, Myth or Fact, Show Me the Numbers and Title IX Galore.

Sex is Like Pizza – 60 min

Sex needs a new metaphor and here’s a good one: Sex is Like Pizza. Participants will watch the TedTalk by Al Vernacchio as he explains why our current metaphors around sex are outdated, and learn new tools for communicating consent while chowing down on some pizza.

Sexual Harassment in the Medical Field – 90 min

This training will go over definitions, how to respond to sexual harassment, what burn out and compassion fatigue look like, and some self-care tips. Participants will utilize the 3D model of being an active bystander to role-play in scenarios that actually happened in a medical setting. Open to any student studying in the medical field.

Complete the online training request form   


Are you faculty or staff who can’t make it to class and are considering canceling it? Don’t Cancel That Class! As an alternative to canceling class, let the Assistant Director of Educational Outreach present to your students and take advantage of your valuable class time!

Request a DON'T CANCEL THAT CLASS! session     


If you disclose a situation through a public awareness event such as “Take Back the Night”, candlelight vigils, protests, student organization or other event or forum, or other public events, University of Rochester is not obligated to begin an investigation. University of Rochester may use the information you provided to inform the need for additional education and prevention efforts.


Below is a sampling of student organizations whose work supports the mission of the Title IX Office. Students that want to enhance prevention and education at the University are welcome to contact these and other likeminded student groups:

College Feminists
The Womanist Club
SEGway (Survivor Empowerment Group)
It's On Us
Men Opposing Violence Everywhere - MOVE