Stephen F. Austin State University

Get Inclusive: Voices for Change

*OEDI registration holds related to this training are lifted overnight upon completion of the training modules. Students are expected to view the entire training and spend the required active minutes necessary to complete the course before their hold will be lifted.*

Get Inclusive: Voices for Change Online Training

Mission: In the spirit of the SFA Way, and to promote a culture of respect and understanding, all incoming students are required to complete an online training called Get Inclusive: Voices for Change. This program is designed to help prepare college students for issues they may confront at college. It covers important topics such as students' rights and responsibilities; preventing sexual violence, dating violence, stalking, harassment and bullying; bystander intervention; substance use; and acting as allies for others in need.

Description: This course is part of the primary prevention efforts to addresses both substance use and gender discrimination (including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual harassment, and stalking) and provides information regarding prevention and response to sexual assault on campus.

Requirement: The Voices for Change training is required for all incoming students and is available on the home tab of mySFA under Student Training. Trainings on these topics have been required by Federal Mandate & State Law since 2014. If you would like to learn more about why trainings on these topics are required, locate the Purpose section at the bottom of the page.

Time Frame: This training should take around 35-45 minutes to complete. If you are concerned about completing the training in one sitting, please know that the training will save your progress.

Students are encouraged to complete the training prior to arriving on campus, but are required to complete the training no later than the first week of classes each semester.

Contact for Questions

Get Inclusive Voices for Change is currently managed by the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as well as the Title IX Office.

The team is available to support your Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm when the University is open.

You can reach us at the following:

As a reminder, holds are NOT lifted instantly once the training is completed! Holds are lifted multiple times throughout the day so there might be a few hour delay for the system to remove your hold.

Accessing the Course

To access the course via your mySFA account please follow these instructions:

Additionally, students will typically receive an invitation e-mail within a few days of registering for their first class at SFA to let them know the training is available ahead of registration to allow adequate time for completion without delays.

Purpose

Texas institutions of higher education are required by state law and federal mandate to ensure that all incoming students, regardless of transfer or first-year standing, on-campus or distance education status, age, and/or personal views, receive information about sexual violence and gender-based discrimination. As a part of the requirements, we must be able to verify that all incoming students have received and understood the information that was delivered.

We understand that there are a wide variety of levels of risk for sexual violence, gender-based discrimination, and other collegiate health issues among our incoming students. However, the research shows that although a majority of students will not be victims/survivors or perpetrators of these occurrences, most students will know someone who is. Therefore, the training is designed to educate all students about these collegiate wellness issues so that those who witness or have been told of such incidents know how to intervene safely and appropriately as well as to provide support and resources for those who have experienced these events. While those who are impacted by violence might not always report the incident to law enforcement or the university, many will tell a friend. This fact is consistent with national data indicating that a vast minority of college students will not report the incident to law enforcement or the university, but a majority tend to tell a friend or other person close to them (Krebs, Lindquist, Warner, Fisher, & Martin, 2009). Therefore, it is important that everyone at the university be educated about the resources on campus, as well as how to effectively respond to a friend or classmate who discloses an experience of sexual violence, in order to best support the survivor and help keep the campus as safe as possible.

As such, it is our obligation to ensure that incoming students understand that sex-based discrimination such as sexual violence will not be tolerated regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression and that anyone on campus who engages in such behavior will be subject to disciplinary action. It is also necessary that our educational efforts be inclusive in order to ensure we are clearly communicating our expectations. Finally, because there are a variety of learning styles among our campus population, our educational strategies need to approach the delivery of information in a manner that can be understood by everyone.

The following links provide various resources regarding training requirements if you are interested on learning more about the reasons for these requirement and specific entities that have implemented the mandates.

Federal Guidance

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Title IX 2020 Regulations

Violence Against Women Act

Clery Act

Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education's Final Rule on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance

State Law

Senate Bill 968 which amends Section 51.9363 of the Education Code

Senate Bill 212

House Bill 1735