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Mandatory Prevention Education Programs/VIP

Why VIP?

As part of the UC Office of the President’s initiative to help prevent sexual violence, all members of the UC community are required to receive sexual violence prevention and intervention training. For undergraduate students at UC Merced, this comes in the form of the Violence Intervention & Prevention (V.I.P.) Program. Starting in 2015, the V.I.P. Program became a mandatory training that all incoming students are required to attend within their first 6-weeks of classes. This program aims to educate incoming students on how to respond to and prevent sexual violence such as sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. Click here for more information about the UC sexual violence prevention and response training requirement.

VIPs at UC Merced

CARE’s VIP programs are the best way to get a crash course in recognizing the signs of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking; stepping in and speaking out against these crimes; and what you can do to prevent them from happening in the first place. All incoming students, regardless of UC campus, are required to attend at least one VIP Program, but there are a few points that set UC Merced apart from the others.

  • All of our programs are in person. Each of our programs are fun and interactive. You won’t find any ambiguously human computer-narrator ladies here!

  • We have over 50-time slots spanning morning, afternoons, nights and weekends. There’s sure to be at least one that fits your schedule!

  • We’re multilingual. Select programs are presented in Spanish, with more languages planned for the future!

  • The Core Message at each V.I.P. Program covers the key concepts that are required at all UC campuses.  These concepts include:

    • Definitions of different forms of sexual violence
    • Social norms, including the attitudes and beliefs that can normalize violence
    • Bystander intervention
    • Responding to sexual violence using methods that acknowledge the impact of violence and trauma on survivors’ lives
    • Local resources, including confidential support for survivors of sexual violence and appropriate services for those accused of sexual violence
    • Rights and options about reporting sexual violence

Programs Offered

  • Head’s Up: Ellen’s favorite game gets an update with violence prevention! Head’s Up! It’s your turn to speak out!

  • Bad Ads: The sexualization of women is a root cause of sexual violence.  Learn how to recognize Bad Ads and be a conscious consumer.

  • What’s Your Media Feeding You?: Check out our program about how the media portrays healthy and unhealthy relationships. Find out if you’re getting a healthy diet!

  • Speak Out!: Join Steven and Connie to learn about power and control, gender stereotypes and how to help a friend regarding sexual violence. Learn how to use your voice to speak out! Be forewarned — minor Steven Universe Spoilers within.'

  • Miro y Vivo:  Examine classic telenovela scenes to decide whether they perpetuate rape culture in Latino culture. All Miro y Vivo programs are exclusively in Spanish!  ¡Todos los programas de Miro y Vivo están en Español!

  • OMG! Quit FB Lurking!:  Investigate how the media perpetuates and normalizes stalking behavior.  Is your favorite RomCom cute or is it actually creepy?

  • Project Rewind:  Test your new violence intervention skills with the interactive “Project Rewind” video!  Find out who you really

  • Rainbow of Violence:  Are experiences of violence different for some communities?  Come to find out how LGBT+ folks are differently affected by sexual violence.

  • Step Up To Safety:  Step up and Speak out!  Learn to be an effective bystander.

VIP Schedule

All incoming students are required to attend at least one mandatory prevention education program. Dates, times, and locations for all upcoming V.I.P. programs are available on the CARE Office calendar!

Again, all incoming students – both first-year students and transfer students – are required to attend one hour-long VIP Program!  Students who postpone this requirement may face consequences, such as a Dean of Student’s “hold” on their class registration.  So don’t wait!  Come to a VIP Program and learn how you can help prevent sexual violence in the UC Merced community.

Graduate students are reached during the Graduate Orientation Week (GROW).

Contact the if you did not attend any of the scheduled VIP sessions.