Boundaries, respect, and positive intervention
At Reading, we are committed to creating a safe, fun and respectful environment for all where we can all thrive and a community where we all look out for one another. Talking about sex and consent can be difficult, but it is so important that we all build a shared understanding of what consent is, how to respect boundaries and how to positively intervene in a situation.
All students are expected to complete the Consent Matters programme consisting of three short modules. The course is all online, so you can work through the material privately and at your own pace.
The three modules cover:
• Module 1: Thinking about consent. Defining what consent is & why it is important. How to understand when consent has or has not been given.
• Module 2: Communication skills and relationships. Considering your boundaries and communicating those with your partner. How to recognise other peoples’ boundaries.
• Module 3: Looking out for others. How and when to safely intervene if you see behaviours that make you uncomfortable or situations where consent has not been given.
average completion time; 20 minutes.
- Register on the Epigeum website
- You have to register with your University of Reading student email account. It will only work with one of the following email domains: @reading.ac.uk or @student.reading.ac.uk.
- Use the University of Reading token code 786bce1f in the token code field.
- Activate your account. You’ll be sent an account activation email to the email you registered with. You’ll need to activate your account by clicking the link in your email. If the activation email doesn’t show up check your SPAM/junk mail. You can also resend the activation email.
- When you’ve activated your account, login using your chosen username and password combination. To see the Consent Matters course go to 'My Courses'.
- Click on the Consent Matters course and choose one of the three modules. The course will work best if you do the modules in the right order, 1 - 3. There are some questions at the end of each module to check what you have learnt.
- Once a module has been successfully completed, you will be able to download your unique certificate of completion. A course completion certificate is also available once all three modules have been completed.
Technical Help and Solving Problems
If you have been affected by sexual assault and would like to formally report the incident to the University – you can do this via emailing email@example.com. Once you have reported an incident our Student Welfare team will contact you to offer you support, talk through your options and explain what can happen next to help you decide what you want to do.
Find out more about Never OK on Essentials.