What You Have to Know About Violence Prevention at Cal

Updated 10/3/2014

New Incoming First Year & Transfer Students!

We want to promote healthy and safe relationships during your time here, and we can all play our part. Therefore, Cal is part of a UC system-wide effort to provide education, prevention and response to the issues of Sexual Assault, Dating and Relationship Violence, and Stalking. Addressing these issues is a part of the University's commitment to providing you with an inspiring, healthy, and safe learning environment. A key component of this safe learning environment is an atmosphere free of violence, coercion, and fear. 

To learn about your options, rights and resources to address sexual harassment, stalking, dating and domestic violence and sexual assault, please go to survivorsupport.berkeley.edu

Please also check out our UC Systemwide website dedicated to reducing sexual assault, dating and relationship violence, and stalking.


How Do I Fulfill My Requirement? 

As part of our commitment, Cal has a Violence Prevention Education Requirement for undergraduates (first years & transfer students):

Incoming students can fulfill this requirement by taking part in one of the following three options before October 1st, 2014:

  1. Participation in the Bear Pact program on August 26, 2014, or
  2. Attending an in-person EmpowerU workshop on sexual violence prevention (dates listed below), or
  3. Successfully completing Part 1 of Haven, an online educational program about preventing sexual violence. Part 2 of Haven is a short follow-up that will be available to students 30-45 days after they complete Part 1. Only Part 1 must be completed before October 1st.

To access Haven, go to MyBerkeleyApp, CalNet Authenticate or put in your Application ID and password, Click the MyChecklist tab and scroll down midway to "Sexual Violence Requirement" and click the "Go to Haven" link.  This will take you to the Haven online program for you to successfully complete. 

Graduate students are encouraged to participate in educational programming on sexual harassment and sexual violence this Fall.  A requirement for new graduate students will be instituted in the near future.



One of the above options must be completed by October 1, 2014 to avoid a registration block being placed on your record that will impact your Spring 2015 enrollment. There is an exception for students who attend one of the EmpowerU sessions taking place on October 2nd and October 3rd.  These dates occur after the deadline, but completion of these workshops will still meet the requirement.

Registration Block Explanation

The administrative registration block restricts student access to student services (e.g.UHS, RSF, libraries, parking/transit, etc) and can delay financial aid disbursement if the block is not resolved. If you are already registered for Fall 2014, the administrative block will not impact you in the current term.  The impact will be in enrolling for classes for the Spring 2015 term and restrict access to aforementioned services beginning in Spring 2015 if you fail to complete the education requirement.  More information can be found at http://registrar.berkeley.edu/.


EmpowerU Sessions, Fall 2014 (First come, first serve. No RSVP required)

  • Friday October 3rd, 10am - 11:30am at the Alumni House


Accommodations for students with disabilities needing to complete this requirement may be requested through the Disabled Students Program.  For disability-related accommodations, please go to access.berkeley.edu.  For information regarding DSP, please go to http://dsp.berkeley.edu.

Thank you for partnering with us to continue in our pursuits of enhancing our sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention education efforts here at the University of California, Berkeley.  We are committed to continually fostering a safe campus environment for all of our students.

If you have any questions regarding completion of this requirement, please submit them to deanofstudents@berkeley.edu

Please bookmark this page http://geneq.berkeley.edu/empowerU so you can come back to this site for resources and ways to get involved.  We can all do our part in creating a Cal community free of violence, harassment and intimidation!  Learn about campus resources, community resources, and national resources!

For information on support services and how to get involved in the preventing violence at Cal, please contact empowerU@berkeley.edu.

Examples include (this list is not exhaustive):