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No consequences set for ‘mandatory’ training

Posted on February 04, 2015 in News
By Zachary Searles

Consequences are yet to be set for the majority of students who haven’t completed the mandatory sexual assault prevention training.

In the middle of November an email was sent out to students, paired with a message on Maine Street, making students aware that the training must be completed. Originally, the training was supposed to be completed before the semester break, but due to lack of completion by a majority of students, no set deadline has been made at this time.

As of now, there are no repercussions for not completing the survey. However, Joy Pufhal, dean of students, believes that there will be consequences, consequences which the board of trustees are currently trying to determine.

“This is the next piece on our agenda,” Pufhal said.

Pufhal also believes that the consequences could be as severe as holds being placed on the student accounts that have failed to complete the assessment, meaning that registering for classes would be impossible until the training is completed.

The amount of people participating in the training is much less than the USM administration hoped. Sarah Holmes, assistant director of student life and diversity, thinks this could be due to the fact that students are only being reached through email and MaineStreet

“A lot of people don’t pay attention to that stuff,” said Holmes. “There has been a slight increase in the number of students participating since the beginning of the spring semester.”

Holmes also commented that there hasn’t been a strong enough effort to get the word around.

“We need other methods of reaching people and letting them know how important this is,” said Holmes.

According to Holmes, that includes putting a blurb in the News Flush, a poster campaign, or starting something on social media to reach more students.

Not only is the training mandatory, but Holmes believes that the training will educate those who may not have any idea that sexual assault and harassment can be a real concern in campus communities. Holmes also is hopeful that as more partake in the training, victims of sexual assault will be able to step forward and know who to turn to when they want to talk about what happened to them.

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