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Frequently Asked Questions about the Mandatory Training

  1. What is the Grey Area training?
  2. Why do I have to complete this training?
  3. What is the DOJ Agreement?
  4. How do I find more information about the DOJ Agreement?
  5. How do I register for the training?
  6. What topics are covered in the training?
  7. What if I have concerns about the training?
  8. I think I’ve already taken this training; how do I find out if I have completed it?
  9. What should I bring to the training session I plan to attend?
  10. What if I don’t have a Lobo Card?
  11. I only take classes online; do I have to complete this training?
  12. I’m a graduate/HSC/law student, do I have to complete this training?
  13. I’m a branch campus student, do I have to take this training?
  14. I have a really busy schedule, can I take this training at a later time?
  15. How will this training help me?
  16. How can I get involved in this cultural change work on campus?
  17. I'm a staff member and a student, do I have to complete this training?
  18. I think I completed this training during New Student Orientation, do I have to take it again?
  19. I'm a dual-credit student, am I required to take this training?
  20. None of the times scheduled work for me, what should I do?
  21. When I try to register for a session, it says "this sessions is now closed", what should I do?
  22. I need an accommodation for this training, who should I contact?
  23. What is a "Professional Student"?

 

  1. What is the Grey Area Training?
    • The Grey Area training is a mandatory, in-person training that UNM provides to all qualified students on the topic of sexual harassment and misconduct prevention. The training is a part of a larger commitment and initiative to improve the health and safety of our campus community. The Grey Area training is coordinated and delivered by the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center. Each session is about an hour and a half in length and is comprised of a large-group presentation and an interactive, small-group breakout session.
  2. Why do I have to complete this training?
    • As part of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Agreement, UNM agreed to provide in-person training to all of the students on the prevention of sexual harassment and misconduct and our policies and procedures regarding Title IX complaints. The training is required as part of your commitment to making our campus a safer and healthier environment for yourself and others.
  3. What is the DOJ Agreement?
    • On October 17, 2016, the University of New Mexico entered into a formal three-year Agreement with the DOJ regarding sexual harassment and misconduct on the campus. Complying with the DOJ requirements is a top priority and UNM has taken immediate steps to fulfill its obligations under the Agreement with the intent of meeting all of its milestones on schedule.
  4. How do I find more information about the DOJ Agreement?
  5. How do I register for the training?
    • You may receive the Grey Area training through your UNM or departmental orientation. If you do not, The LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center hosts weekly training sessions open to all students throughout each semester. You can browse and register for one of the general training sessions at thegreyarea.unm.edu and clicking on your student population (undergraduate, graduate, or professional).
  6. What topics are covered in the training?
    • This training examines the continuum of sexual misconduct and sex discrimination as well as the interconnected issues of consent, boundaries, healthy and unhealthy cultural norms, and prevention approaches and skills. Students also learn about campus and off-campus resources, reporting options, and UNM policies related to sexual misconduct.
  7. What if I have concerns about taking the training?
    • If you have concerns about completing your training requirement, please contact the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center to speak with a confidential advocate at (505)277-2911 or by emailing loborespect@unm.edu.
  8. I think I’ve already taken this training; how do I find out?
    • Please contact the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center at (505)277-2911 or loborespect@unm.edu to find our your training requirement status. 
  9. What should I bring to the training session I plan to attend?
    • It is crucial that you bring your UNM Lobo Card when you attend your training session.
  10. What if I don’t have a Lobo Card?
    • Please bring another form of photo ID and reference to your Banner ID number via LoboWeb or another official means.
  11. I only take classes online; do I have to complete this training?
    • No. Exclusively online students do not have to complete the in-person Grey Area training and are provided an online training in its place. An invitation to the online training, “Think About It,” will be sent to online students via their UNM email. If you have questions about the Think About It training or are having trouble accessing the training, please contact the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center
  12.  I’m a graduate/HSC/law student, do I have to complete this training?
    • Yes. The Grey Area training is required of all UNM students, including graduate-level students, medical students, and law students. Graduate-level students enrolled at Health Sciences Center, UNM Law, Anderson School of Management, the School of Architecture and Planning, and the School of Engineering are considered “professional students”, and should complete the Grey Area for Professional Students.
  13. I’m a branch campus student, do I have to take this training?
    • Yes, all branch campus students are required to take this training. Please contact the representative for your campus for more information about your training sessions.
  14.  I have a really busy schedule, can I take this training at a later time?
    • The Grey Area is required of students during their first semester enrolled at UNM. If you did not receive the Grey Area during your UNM or departmental orientation, it is important that you complete a general session offered during your first semester. Summer term sessions are also available for those who will be newly enrolled or qualified for the training in spring or fall semesters.. 
  15. How will this training help me?
    • Students will learn about the issue at large, their rights through federal and campus policies, what support services and resources exist and how to access them, and prevention techniques to support the health and safety of our campus community. The Grey Area training helps students think deeply about these issues as well as equips them with the information they need to care for themselves and others.
  16. How can I get involved in this cultural change work on campus?
    • If you are interested in learning more about getting involved in the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center’s student group, PAWS, please contact unmpaws@unm.edu.
  17. I'm a staff member and a student, do I have to complete this training?
    • Yes. The Grey Area is a student-specific training and all qualified students, regardless of their employment status with the university or elsewhere, are required to complete it. UNM employees who complete the online staff training on sexual harassment and misconduct prevention, "Intersections", through Learning Central are not exempt from the Grey Area training as students. Completion of UNM’s online staff training, Intersections, does not fulfil a student’s in-person Grey Area training requirement.
  18. I think I completed this training during New Student Orientation, do I have to take it again
    • UNM undergraduate students, including Transfer and Nontraditional Students, who attended an in-person New Student Orientation since the Summer of 2015 have completed the Grey Area training, which is delivered as part of the New Student Orientation program. If you completed this training during New Student Orientation, you do not need to complete this training again.
    • Many graduate and professional students receive The Grey Area training as part of their departmental orientation, though not all. If The Grey Area was not part of your graduate program orientation, please register for a general session within your first semester.
    • If you are not sure you have completed this training, please send an email to loborespect@unm.edu with your name and UNM Student ID number and we will confirm your training requirement status.
  19. I'm a dual-credit student, am I required to take this training?
    • No. This training is required only of students who have a regular physical presence on campus and are enrolled in a degree-granting program for six credit hours or more per semester. This definition does not include students taking all of their classes exclusively online, students taking classes in non-degree or non-credit status, or students taking classes in the University’s Extended Learning or other community learning programs. Most dual-credit students who plan to attend UNM will complete this requirement during New Student Orientation.
  20.  None of the times scheduled work for me, what should I do?
    • This training must be completed by UNM students during their first semester on campus or during the summer term immediately preceding or following a student’s first semester enrolled. If none of the general training sessions offered during a student’s first semester (or the summer semester) are accessible, students should contact the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center with rationale for the sessions’ inaccessibility and documentation of this issue to discuss possible accommodations.
  21. When I try to register for a session, it says "this session is now closed", what should I do?
    • If you are receiving a notification that says, “this survey is now closed” when you click on the registration link for a session, that means the session has reached capacity. If a full training is the only training session that works for your schedule, please contact the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center to discuss your options.
  22. I need an accommodation for this training, who should I contact?
    • If you are a student in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified signed language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in The Grey Area training, please contact the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center at (505)277-2911 or loborespect@unm.edu to arrange accommodations.
  23. What is a "Professional Student"? 
    • A “professional student” is any graduate-level student enrolled at the UNM School of Law, School of Architecture and Planning, Health Sciences Center, School of Engineering, or Anderson School of Management. These students should complete the Grey Area for Professional Students and not the Graduate Student curriculum.

Under Title IX, sexual violence is a severe form of sexual harassment. Sexual violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at the University of New Mexico. Sexual violence may be committed by a stranger, an acquaintance or someone with whom the victim is involved in an intimate or sexual relationship. Victims of sexual violence are encouraged to report what happened to law enforcement and seek assistance from any of the resources, on and off campus, listed in this publication. 

Please contact UNM's Title IX Coordinator, Heather Cowan, at hbcowan@unm.edu for more information about Title IX.