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Durham University

Sexual Violence & Misconduct: Prevention and Response

Education and Training

Prevention and Response Training

Preventing sexual misconduct and violence is not the responsibility of the person subjected to sexual violence. The training programme offered to students and staff focuses on understanding what sexual violence is, how to intervene, and how to respond. Education for students focuses heavily on understanding consent, respect and healthy relationships and active bystander intervention. Education for staff focuses on building awareness around these issues, learning practical skills to respond to disclosures and how to support survivors.

For students

  • Awareness Induction Sessions
    • The Colleges deliver these sessions to all new starters during Induction Week, covering core messages around understanding consent, the Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy and where students can access support.
  • Consent Matters: Boundaries, Respect, and Positive Intervention
    • This 1-hour online course covers the areas of consent, communication, healthy relationships, and bystander intervention. All new students are expected to take this course. The course is available on DUO located under My Organisations & Online Training.
  • Active Bystander Training
    • This 2-hour in-person course is delivered by trained peer-facilitators. The aims of the course are to educate students on understanding sexual misconduct and violence and the concept of bystander intervention; to help students empathise with others regarding the impact of these issues; to equip students to be able to identify problematic situations (focusing on consent, coercion and control) and intervene appropriately; and to empower students by encouraging them to consider their role in shaping their community. To book on or schedule a course, please contact the Students' Union.

For staff

All staff are encouraged to participate in disclosure training either in-person or online.

The following in-person sessions are bookable via the online training system:

  • Level 1: SMV Awareness and Disclosure Training
    • The aim of this course is to raise awareness of sexual misconduct and violence while highlighting how to respond to disclosures and signpost to support in line with the Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy. All staff are encouraged to attend.
  • Level 2: SMV Disclosure and Support Workshop
    • The aim of this workshop is to prepare staff in student support roles to respond appropriately to disclosures of sexual misconduct and violence and support students during investigations and disciplinary procedures as appropriate in line with the Sexual Misconduct & Violence Policy building from the Level 1 course. This workshop is for staff who provide student support or are in welfare/pastoral roles. However, all staff are welcome to attend.
  • Level 3: SMV Investigations Training
    • The aim of this course is to build skills to conduct a trauma-informed investigation into reports made under the Sexual Misconduct & Violence Policy. The course is required for investigators and encouraged for members of the Senate Discipline Committee, including students who sit on disciplinary panels. Staff who would like to attend for CPD, may request a place on the course.
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Other Training Providers

There are other local and national organisations that provide training to university students and staff.