• Megan Woolhouse

    Megan Woolhouse

    Megan Woolhouse worked as a reporter at the Boston Globe for more than a decade, in addition to newspapers in Louisville, Ky., and Baton Rouge, La. A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Clark University in Worcester, she lives in Boston and enjoys baking, reading, and taekwondo sparring with her seven-year-old daughter. Profile

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There are 2 comments on Deadline Nears for Students to Complete Sexual Misconduct Training

  1. First and foremost, I applaud BU for taking steps towards educating and training their students about sexual assault, prevention, and harassment prevention. However, I would like to point out a few things that still highly remain problematic and unsolved. The training is long, and while the entire training is wisely broken into two parts, if done thoroughly and carefully, Part 1 itself can take a little over an hour. It is easy to to give students an electronic educational course, but does this guarantee, or most of all, actively demand, comprehension, change in behavior, or accountabilty? True the 15-minute follow up survey in October (Part 2) encourages reflection on such materials, but none of the surveys within this program ask students to retake parts of the course should they answer incorrectly, or even encourage proactive changes to a student’s daily life.

    Furthermore, there are parts of this course that do not do justice to the existing work done by BU organizations to bring awareness to sexual assault, harassment, and prevention. One of the pages titled “Student Groups and Organizations” that lists BU organizations involved in sexual violence prevention is BLANK. But that is untrue. What about the BU Center of Gender, Sexuality, and Activism, the BU YDSA, and the BU Feminist Collective? BU students have organized rallies, Take Back the Night event, and other rallies related to sexual violence, and it is disappointing that none of these are listed, or at the very least, are not listed prominently in this training.

    Finally, I feel disappointed as a current student at BU that our school does not invest money into EXISTING resources and has chosen instead to outsource our sexual assault training. Yes, it would be difficult to make every undergraduate and graduate student participate in a Step Up, Step In program, but concurrently, if Boston University provided more resources and staff to our wonderful SARP (Sexual Assault, Rape, and Prevention) center, this would make in person training at least more likely and give students more faith that Boston University invests in its students’ well-being beyond a superficial level. In addition, all undergraduate students are required to participate in an orientation, and all graduate students must attend orientations when they begin BU and if/when they begin Teaching Fellowships. In these prime opportunities, we should do mandatory, IN PERSON training to effectively gauge if and how student members of Boston University can prepare, teach, and individually act upon instances of sexual assault, harassment, and prevention.

    In the case of sexual violence, where both the prevention, incident, reporting, and future support revolves entirely upon people interacting with one another in the most delicate manner, I think that the training for sexual assault prevention should reflect that awareness rather than sending BU students to an online training course no matter how much research and “real-life” proximity this course can offer.

  2. I agree with Alex that I wish the training had mentioned the BU organizations available. This is the one bit of information in the whole training that would actually have been useful and educational and could’ve helped people.

    However, I think the rest of the training is was pretty pathetic.

    It’s presented mostly in unskippable videos showing unrealistic scenarios then asks you to choose between 3 different ways to approach the problem. It always wants you to pick the least confrontational solution.

    The identity section is ridiculous. It asks you to list your age, gender, race/ethnicity, religion/spirituality, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and a group you belong to as if these are what make up your identity. Why does BU force this on its students?

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