UNAS7001 Responding to Campus Sexual Assault (RCSA)

UNAS7001 Responding to Campus Sexual Assault (RCSA)

Training seminar for Future Faculty

Spring 2019
7 sessions, Wednesdays January 16–March 27, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

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.

  1. The Basics: What is sexual assault. The empowerment model of response and why it works. Disclosure role play using BC resources.

  2. Professional Issues: Identifying your legal obligations, your institution’s policies and resources, as well as off-campus local, state, and national resources. Disclosure role play using BC and off-campus local resources.

  3. Understanding the Student Perspective: Factors that inform the student experience, individually and collectively, including trauma. Sexual assault and the academic calendar. Disclosure role play using BC, local, and state resources.

  4. Cultural Competency: Rape myths and dismantling them. Issues of race, immigration status, religious, linguistic and cultural heritage, sexual identity and appropriate language. Disclosure role play using BC, local, state, and national resources.

  5. Classroom Culture: Strategies for the inclusive classroom sensitive to assault survivors. Disclosure role play.

  6. Conversation with a Title IX Coordinator: Managing institutional situations and interests. (Patricia Lowe, Boston College)

  7. Secondary Trauma: The individual and community-wide consequences of sexual trauma; self-care methods to enhance resilience and create positive community links. Disclosure role play. End of course celebration dinner.


Elizabeth Rhodes, Professor, Romance Languages & Literature, member of SANet
Kim Humphrey, PhD Candidate, Theology, member of SANet

For more information please contact Elizabeth Rhodes at elizabeth.rhodes@bc.edu or Kim Humphrey at kimberly.humphrey@bc.edu.