Addressing sexual assaults on campus

Amid an investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice, the University of Montana has implemented a new requirement that all students score 100% on a quiz regarding to how prevent sexual assault after watching a mandatory online tutorial before they are allowed to register for their second semester of classes. Read about it here.

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  1. I think all Texas state employees have to go through something similar once a year. When its introduction was announced at my university, I asked those implementing it whether there was any reason to think it actually changed anyone’s beliefs or actions. The response was that there was no evidence at all, and that the point was to meet state regulations.

    I’d be skeptical about its having much effect, to be honest. There may be some cases where someone just genuinely didn’t know that such-and-such (e.g., a very drunk person can’t consent, maybe), but even then it isn’t clear what impact on behavior there would be.

    I’d love to be wrong about this, but changing behavior is more like teaching new behavioral skills, which watching videos and taking tests are not very good at doing.

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