“Not Anymore” seeks to teach consent

A screenshot from the online refresher training.

By Medeia Ramirez, contributing writer

 

Not Anymore trainings are mandatory for all Laramie County Community College students before registering for the next semester.

“It is training that covers issues of drug and alcohol abuse prevention, and sexual discrimination, harassment, and assault prevention,” said Judy Hay, vice president of Student Services.

The trainings also cover ways to report these types of issues and resources LCCC offers to students who have experienced forms of abuse or discrimination.

Dean of Students James Miller said he hopes students “have a better understanding of consent and that with each interaction there has to be consent. Just because you gave it (consent) once doesn’t mean you don’t have to give it again.”

Raising awareness is the goal, Miller said.

“I just hope students are more aware of the effects of drugs and alcohol on their abilities to give consent… is a goal that I think is being accomplished,” Miller said.

Hay said, “it isn't a single thing that we could track that would say it is effective or not. “…since 2014 when this requirement came up, conversations about the issues involved are much more numerous, and involve many more people on our campus… People know how to report concerns they have and as reports come in we can see and track how quickly and well we respond to them.”

Ashley Bean, a student at LCCC, said that “I think they’re really long and super time consuming… but once you start paying attention you realize it’s about things you should really pay attention to and kind of get an understanding for.”

Amber Johnson, also a student at LCCC, said she supports the Not Anymore training requirement.

“I think all schools should require them because it really opens up a window for people to understand that some things that they say are not appropriate and there’s a lot of situations in there that many people can relate to,” Johnson said.

Students who do not complete the training will have a hold put on their account, and they will not be allowed to register for classes in the next semester.

Students who are struggling with issues related to sexual harassment, sexual assault, drug or alcohol abuse, or know someone who is, can contact the Campus Health and Wellness Center in the Clay Pathfinder building at (307) 778-4397.

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