A certificate program for graduate students planning a career in higher education, RCSA consists of seven one-hour sessions. It is a no-cost, 0-credit course that will appear on participants' transcripts, does not require work outside of class, and is open to all Boston College graduate students.
According to current statistics, there is at least one survivor of sexual assault in any college classroom. Understanding the crucial role that faculty members can play in addressing this reality, RCSA provides future faculty in all disciplines with skills and resources to effectively respond to campus sexual assault wherever they might be teaching. With content pertinent to all disciplines and a hands-on methodology, the seminar honors the potential and limits of faculty intervention in this context. Participants will acquire (1) awareness of common symptoms of survivorship and how they can relate to education, (2) tools to assist students who may need extra support without infringing on privacy, and (3) greater confidence in effective, compassionate response to student disclosures, within the parameters of legal requirements. The program will enhance participants’ professional credentials and provide them with unique training of interest to potential employers.