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Building a Culture of Respect

As part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, Cornell is making a concerted effort to ensure that our community can identify potential acts of sexual violence and know who to contact and consult about it. Our aim is to make sure campus remains a safe and respectful academic and workplace environment focused on education.

To help achieve that aim, Cornell has developed a valuable brief online program, Building a Culture of Respect: Responding to Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Discrimination.
Federal law now requires all faculty and staff to receive information about sexual assault/violence, domestic violence, dating violence (also known as intimate partner violence), and stalking prevention and response. Therefore, beginning fall 2014 all new faculty and staff will be required to take the new online program.

We hope and expect that all current faculty and staff will take this new online course as part of our ongoing education and training mandates, even if they have viewed the original Respect at Cornell program.
Building a Culture of Respect addresses how to respond should faculty or staff learn a member of our community has experienced any type of sexual violence or stalking. It also lets faculty and staff know how to file a complaint.

There are also a number of other initiatives being executed across campus to combat sexual assault and violence. For example, the university’s Council on Sexual Violence Prevention is developing a series of programs to further educate faculty, staff, and student populations on ways to address sexual assault/violence. We continue to update the website with information and resources pertinent to these issues.

Accessing the Course

To access the course, go to: and follow these instructions.

The course will take 45 to 50 minutes to complete. Upon completion, you will receive an email confirmation. 

Tips for taking Building a Culture of Respect at Cornell

System Requirements

  • Cornell University Ethernet or strong High Speed Wi-Fi (RedRover or eduroam) connection. Off-campus locations will experience technical difficulties.
  • Browsers:  Internet Explorer, FireFox and Safari using a PC or a Mac.  This course will not run on a tablet or mobile device (cell phone).
  • Disable pop-up blockers before you begin. If assistance is needed, contact the CIT help desk by going to

For optimal learning and performance:

  • Close all other programs and browser windows.
  • If you prefer to read the narrative rather than listen to the audio, please click on the “cc” icon on the lower right hand side of the screen for a transcript.
  • The course will take approximately 45 to 50 minutes to complete.
  • If you need a disability accommodation to complete the course, please contact or 607 254-7232.
  • Note:  If you leave the course and wish to return, search for the course name under “My learning” or All Learning” and click on the [Launch] or [Re-Launch] button to access the program.  When you re-launch the course it will return to the screen that you left.

Related Links

Your Rights and Responsibilities at Cornell
SHARE (Sexual Harassment and Assault – Response and Education)
Skills for Success
Code of Conduct
Ethical Conduct Policy
Cornell’s Commitment to Diversity
A Guide for Responding to Harassment and Discrimination
CU Learn Reports (secured site)