Sexual Assault Prevention

The Title IX Office has completed updating the Sexual Assault Prevention (SAP) program with additional information that is specific to UC students. It is now ready for students who have not yet completed it. If you have not completed SAP, please do. If you have already completed it, no further action is needed. For more information, contact lyounghi@ucsc.edu. For more information about accessing the We Are Slugs! programs, including Sexual Assault Prevention (SAP), visit How do I Complete the WAS! programs.

The University of California, Santa Cruz is committed to preventing and responding to sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and gender discrimination. Chilling national research points to high rates of sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence on college campuses. The online Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates OR Sexual Assault Prevention for Adult Learners are assigned to incoming students as part of a larger campus wide effort to prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence and to ensure that our campus community is aware of critical campus resources.

Students must complete one of the Sexual Assault Prevention programs as part of the We Are Slugs! program.

Incoming students who are under 26 at the time of their enrollment are assigned Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates while students 26 and older are assigned Sexual Assault Prevention for Adult Learners. Both programs cover simliar content but are tailored, as much as possible, to students based upon their age and life experience.

Are there other sexual assault prevention requirements for incoming students at UC Santa Cruz?

Yes. As part of a UC-wide education effort, all incoming students must complete BOTH Slugs CARE during Welcome Week AND the online Sexual Assault Prevention program as part of We Are Slugs! Both trainings include bystander intervention techniques to prevent sexual violence, information about policies, rights, and important resources. We hope to foster a consent-focused culture where we all work together to create a safer campus community.  

What if I completed Training in the past at another institution? 

As a new UC Santa Cruz student, you are required to complete a Sexual Assault Prevention program online even if you completed an online training in the past. Sexual violence and sexual harassment impact us all and research shows that repeat training is critical to prevention and awareness.

Are staff and faculty required to complete training as well?

All campus affiliates, including graduate students, staff, and faculty must complete ongoing prevention training tailored to their role on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

Is there an alternative options for survivors who find this training to be difficult due to a past history of sexual violence? 

The content in the Sexual Assault Prevention programs contain information about sexual violence and misconduct. Though the program is mandatory, an alternate option is available for those who may have difficulty with the content due to a previous experience of sexual or relationship violence. If you would like to request an alternate training please contact care@ucsc.edu and include in the subject line "Alternate SA Prevention Training Request for We Are Slugs."

Accessibility

If you are unable to complete the programs due to a disability-related access concern, please email weareslugs@ucsc.edu. We will work to either resolve the barrier or provide an alternative training.

What if I am not dating and don’t plan to have a sexual relationship?

As an undergraduate student, you will likely know other students who have experienced sexual violence. Research shows that one in five female identified students and one in sixteen male identified students are sexually assaulted while in college; the rates of sexual violence are especially high for trans or non binary, bisexual, and/or disabled populations. Sexual violence, including sexual assault, stalking and dating/domestic violence, profoundly affects students in every part of their experience at college.  As a community, we must all play a role in preventing sexual violence and making UC Santa Cruz a safer place.

Resources for Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

  • A website called SAFE at UCSC has been created to provide the campus community with information about the many resources and options available to support survivors.

  • The Title IX Office exists on campus to resolve and/or investigate reports of sexual violence.The Title IX Office can assist with safety measures and will work with the reporting party to address concerns that they may have about access and future incidents, with or without a formal investigation. Reporting ensures that survivors will be provided information regarding their rights, options, and resources. To learn more, visit titleix.ucsc.edu