FAQs for Mandatory Annual Student Training

Click here to use your UMBC single sign-on to access the training through Vector Solutions (formerly called SafeColleges). The training platform will be available beginning August 1, 2023. 

The courses in this training include information about sexual and gender based violence, sexual harassment, stalking, healthy relationships, bystander intervention, consent, and related topics. These topics are included in UMBC’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination (updated August 14, 2020) and Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy. We encourage all students to review these policies in addition to completing the training.

We recognize that participating in a training program that focuses on issues of sexual violence, relationship abuse, and stalking can be very upsetting, particularly for those who have been personally affected by sexual or interpersonal violence. If the program becomes uncomfortable or overwhelming, take a break from it, get a breath of fresh air, or spend some time with friends or by yourself.

If you need to talk, confidential counselors are available at Retriever Integrated Health Monday through Friday between 8:30 am-4:30 pm (410-455-2542), or after business hours at UMBC’s After-Hours Support Line (410-455-3230).

If you feel that you cannot complete the program requirements due to the emotional impact the material is having on you, please write to ecrtraining@umbc.edu.

Yes. All UMBC students must complete this training by August 30, 2023. A registration hold will be placed on your account for the Spring 2024 semester if you do not complete the training.

The course should take approximately 65 minutes to complete, including a brief 20-question assessment which must be completed with 80% correct responses. You do not have to complete the training in one sitting; the system will save your progress each time you log out.

Yes. UMBC policies protect all members of the UMBC community, regardless of their physical or geographic location. Many forms of misconduct can occur off-campus, via electronic communication, or in an online environment, and we want to ensure that all students are trained on how to recognize, respond to, and report such incidents.

Yes. This training contains information about UMBC’s specific policies, procedures, and resources. All UMBC students are required to complete their assigned student training each academic year to ensure access to the most current, accurate, and useful information available.

Vector Solutions will automatically send you a reminder email each week until you complete the training. Please log in to your account to ensure that you viewed all parts of the course and completed the assessment with a score of 80% or higher. It can take up to 36 hours for Vector to update your record to “complete” once you finish the training, so you might still receive a reminder email even after you complete the training. If you continue to receive reminders that you believe are in error, please contact the Office for Equity and Civil Rights (ECR).

Vector Solutions automatically tracks completion and sends nightly updates to UMBC. It may take up to 36 hours for UMBC to receive this updated information, but you can view your training history and certificates immediately through the “Training History” tab on the Vector Solutions main menu.

The Vector Training Platform is compatible with all recent versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, iOS, and Android. Specific trouble-shooting tips can be found here. You can also contact the Vector Solutions customer support team or complete a UMBC RT ticket.

We encourage you to explore the Office of Equity and Civil Rights (ECR) website for more information related to the topics covered in the training. You can also contact ECR via email at ecrtraining@umbc.edu or leave a voicemail at 410-455-1717. A member of the ECR staff will respond within 24-48 hours.