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More than half of students complete ‘Not Anymore’

By Hillary Omitogun
On April 6, 2016

The “Not Anymore” program was initiated at Kirkwood Community College in 2015 by a team of Kirkwood employees to inform and educate students about gender violence prevention. According to Bobbi Miller, associate Dean of Students, “Not Anymore” provides students with information related to gender violence and support services, both on campus and in the community. She referred to it as an interactive online program designed for community college students to prevent sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking. She also stated it was intended to provide students with information on Kirkwood’s sexual misconduct policy and student support services available on campus and in the community. To date, 5,161 Kirkwood students have completed the program and 796 are currently in progress, said Miller. This is about 59 percent of Kirkwood’s student body.

“The 2014 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act requires higher education institutions to educate students on gender violence and ‘Not Anymore’ provides us with the opportunity to interact with a diverse set of students in a way that communicates expectations, discusses important topics related to gender violence and provides students with support service information,” Miller stated. This program is now required for all Kirkwood students. Those who fail to complete the program are at risk of being unable to register for future classes, as a registration hold will be placed on their account. The program takes about 60 minutes to complete. Students must get a score of at least 75 percent on the post-test to pass or repeat the course until they score at least 75. 

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Miller added, “All students are responsible for knowing and following Kirkwood’s policies. Students need to be familiar with our sexual misconduct policy and support services that are available, both on campus and in the community,” Miller stated. Both the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa have also made it a requirement for students to complete a gender violence prevention program. So far, Kirkwood’s use of the “Not Anymore” program has been more successful than anticipated, according to Miller.“Even if students completed the program at another institution, they still need to do it at Kirkwood because we have different policies and expectations and our support service is different from other institutions,” Miller added. 

New students learn about “Not Anymore” during orientation and current students received notification of the requirement via their student email. Students can complete the program by logging into EagleNet and clicking on the “Not Anymore: Gender Violence Prevention Requirement” link on the upper left side. For more information, students can also contact the Dean of Students office or go to  kirkwood.edu/notanymore.

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