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Harvard Students Must Take Sexual Harassment Training Before Registering For Class

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Rob Shimshock Education Reporter

Students at Harvard University must take an online Title IX training before being allowed to register for courses.

Harvard faculty also must take the formerly voluntary training, The College Fix reported Monday.

“Many of you have spoken up and asked that we do more to ensure that every single student completes this training,” the school’s Title IX coordinators, Brian Libby and Emily Miller, announced in a campus-wide email in June. “We heard you.”

When the school first introduced the training, “Supporting a Harassment-Free Community: What Every Student Needs to Know about Harvard’s Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy and Resources,” the undergraduate Harvard College gave students until October 10, 2016 to complete it.

But the 2018 iteration varies in its requirement for student completion before classes begin and the potential for students to be penalized for failing to complete it, according to The Harvard Crimson.

“We need everyone to have at least this base-level understanding so that we can build together as a community from there,” Libby and Miller said. “It will take all of us working together to eradicate sexual and gender-based harassment from our campus, but we are confident that, together, we can.”

The school mandated that its faculty also complete the training in May after a report demonstrated an over 450 percent spike in Title IX complaints between the 2013 and 2016 school years. Twenty-six percent of sexual assault complaints filed identified faculty members. (RELATED: Harvard Faculty Must Now Take Harassment Training)

Changes to the Title IX module came after tenured government professor Jorge Dominguez announced he would resign by the end of the spring 2018 semester after receiving 18 sexual harassment allegations.

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