Students at Mesa Community College (MCC) are learning about sexual harassment and assault prevention through online course created to bring awareness about the issue.
The Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence course informs students of laws that protect them from sex discrimination in education.
The course has presentations that include scenarios of what are appropriate and inappropriate behaviors, as well as defining consent.
The training helps women and men who can fall victim to unwanted advances.
Students can access the course through Canvas and can complete it at their leisure. The course is not mandatory, but the college highly recommends it, so much so that the course link remains on the dashboard in Canvas until it is removed.
An anti-sexual harassment and violence law was established in the 1990s. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), is a federal law that was established to protect women against assault, harassment, and stalkers.