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In recent years, the issue of sexual violence on college and university campuses has received increasing attention from the federal government, national media outlets, and concerned students across the country. Colby College continues to show its commitment to creating a campus climate in which sexual respect is the norm and all students feel safe to pursue their academic and extra-curricular goals. Likewise, we are committed to ensuring that our students who have been affected by sexual violence are aware of the College’s reporting and support resources and feel empowered to access them.


Central to Colby’s effort to create a respectful and knowledgeable campus is our mandatory sexual misconduct prevention programming for first-year and second-year students. This programming will engage you with this important topic as you adjust to your new community. During your fall semester, the mandatory sexual misconduct prevention programming for first-year students consists of a presentation during orientation week and a two-session interactive sexual misconduct prevention training to be completed in September and October.


The presentation during orientation, entitled Speak About It, is designed to introduce you to issues including sexual communication, sexual consent, sexual violence, and dating violence. It is scheduled as part of your orientation programming on August 30. You will receive more detailed information about the presentation in the orientation materials you will receive later this month.


The two-session sexual misconduct prevention training will engage you in sustained discussion about the complex issues introduced by Speak About It. Each one-hour session is led by a team of trained sexual violence prevention peer educators. These peer-led training sessions will give you a comprehensive understanding of Colby’s sexual misconduct policies and procedures and introduce you to the basic skills necessary to safely intervene in incidents of sexual misconduct before they escalate. The training will also give you the tools to effectively support a friend who may have experienced sexual misconduct.


These sessions will be offered at various times throughout September and October. They are designed to be small and scheduled to accommodate a range of academic and cocurricular schedules. Click on the Registration Tab below to view all two-session trainings with open seats and register for the training that best fits your schedule.


It is important that you register for this two-session training by Friday, September 7th, and that you complete the requirement on time so you may register for Spring 2019 courses. Please contact Emily Schusterbauer ( with questions.








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