UW-Milwaukee Employees to Receive Sexual Assault Training

January 29, 2018
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All 39,000 employees working at any University of Wisconsin campus will have completed a comprehensive sexual assault training by this Fall. Including everyone from custodians and residence hall staff members to professors and administrators, the program - which is setting the UW System back $68,000 - will cover any issue surrounding sexual assault and harassment. 

“It's hard to say who a person might turn to when they need help,” Tim Danielson, associate vice chancellor for human resources at UW-Milwaukee, said about the decision to have everyone complete the training, which employees will have to complete every three years. 

The training teaches employees how to recognize harassment and discrimination and includes tips for creating a safe environment and reporting misconduct. 

UW-Milwaukee nursing professor Jennifer Doering took the 90-minute training earlier this year and said she thought the program was comprehensive. She said it helped her better understand her role as an educator when interacting with a person reporting sexual violence or harassment. 

The UW System has been scrutinized for the way it's handled sexual assault reports, UW-Milwaukee ranking top in the system with 34 formal investigations filed. Open records requests filed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed that among all 13 four-year campuses and 13 two-year colleges in the UW System, nearly 100 complaints of employee sexual misconduct have been formally investigated since 2014.