What is Salutations?
Salutations is the University of Houston System’s (“UHS”) sexual misconduct prevention and awareness training program for students. The goal of Salutations is to make students aware of concepts commonly associated with sexual misconduct.
What is sexual misconduct?
At the UHS, sexual misconduct is a broad term encompassing a range of non-consensual sexual activity or unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that includes: sexual harassment, sexual assault, nonconsensual sexual touching, sexual exploitation, interpersonal violence (such as domestic and dating violence) and stalking.
Where did the name Salutations come from?
The name, Salutations, is a play off its definition: “…a gesture of respect, homage, or polite recognition, especially one made to or by a person when arriving or departing.” The concept of Salutations is to create an immersive training environment where older or returning students are welcoming new students to the university system and introducing the new students to risk reduction strategies that will make the entire campus community safer.
How do students complete the training?
Salutations will be delivered online. Once the students log on, they will view four videos (introduction and three situation-based videos) designed to explore the concepts commonly associated with sexual misconduct, such as acquaintance rape, as well as information on its prevention, such as recognizing the warning signs of abusive behavior.
What is the purpose of Salutations?
The purpose of Salutations is two-fold: To comply with state and federal mandates; and to make students aware of issues commonly associated with sexual misconduct and the resources and support services available to address these issues.
Is it mandatory for students to take the training?
Yes. As a part of Texas (HB699) and federal mandate (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Campus SaVE Act), all new students are required to be trained on sexual misconduct. These laws have mandated that universities provide students with the critical safety information that is provided in the training.
Are incoming graduate or transfer students required to take the training?
Federal law requires all new students, including graduate and transfer students, to be trained on sexual misconduct.
How long will it take for students to complete the training?
It should take about 45 minutes to an hour, but it may take some students longer
When do students need to complete the training?
As soon as possible, but preferably by the due date. Check your campus website for that date.
What happens if a student does not complete the training?
Failure to complete the training by the due date will result in a hold being placed on the student’s enrollment for the following semester – meaning a student will not be able to register for classes next semester until they complete the training.
Will a student receive credit hours or a grade when they complete the training?
No, a student will not receive a letter grade, but in order to complete the training students will need to get 8 out of the 10 questions correct on the final quiz at the end of the training. The grade will not be noted in the student’s academic record and the student will not receive credit hours for completing it.
Do students have to finish the training in one sitting?
No, a student can pause the training and go back to the place where they left off when they are ready. So long as they complete the training by the due date, there is no penalty for pausing the training.
What if the training makes me uncomfortable?
Some of the content in Salutations may be disturbing to some students. While Salutations does not intend to create that reaction, if a student has that reaction, they have the ability to fast forward past the part that makes them uncomfortable and move on to the next part of the training. They also have the option to pause the training and to pick it up at a later time. So long as the student completes the training by the due date, they can start and stop the training at their leisure.