In January, University students began to complete the online training, which incorporates aspects such as defining sexual assault and giving an overview of resources for victims. It’s part of a new federal mandate for schools to provide certain educational opportunities regarding sexual assault prevention and awareness.
“This is just one component of the University — it’s one piece of the broader program we have in place,” said Hilary Delbridge, the spokeswoman for the University’s Title IX compliance office.
After three and a half months, 80 percent of faculty and 86 percent of students have completed the online module.
Maddy Frumkin, a co-chairwoman of Project Dinah, which advocates for better sexual assault awareness and prevention, said the training is a good start but isn’t as thorough as she would prefer.
“I think they definitely are beneficial in that it’s just letting everyone have the same information and making sure it’s accessible to everyone,” Frumkin said. “But I think UNC could’ve personalized it a bit more for our campus and made it less general in that way.”
Both UNC and N.C. State University require students who are part of fraternities and sororities to complete sexual assault education training — but Alexis Gaines, a senior at N.C. State, said she doesn’t think her school’s program is as effective as it could be.
“It was more focused on telling us about how Greek life has more incidents with sexual assault than telling us about preventing it or providing resources,” she said.
Delbridge said UNC’s trainings are what students make them, and while one online training might not be enough, there are multiple other resources that UNC provides students.