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‘Gender violence’ test required for incoming students at the Iowa college

Kirkwood Community College.

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A college in Iowa that requires a lot of the students succeed for a 60-minute online course on “gender based violence” before they are allowed to attend classes in the spring semester.

Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids called the course “is No More: Gender Violence Prevention Requirement.” Some of the topics allegedly included bystander intervention, sexual violence and domestic violence.

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A student told The College fix that the training was heavily biased against men when it came to consent.

The school in a statement to FoxNews.com say all schools are obliged to conduct education programs about the subject.

“Violence, including sexual violence, is a serious problem on college campuses and our society in general, and that problem has negative consequences for both women and men,” the statement read. “Kirkwood Community College, feels strongly about the importance of educating students about this topic.”

The federal government, quoting estimates that 1 in 5 women are sexually in high school, has stepped up pressure on the higher education institutions to improve their response to allegations of abuse. More than 200 schools are under sexual violence investigations by the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights; non-compliance can lead to loss of federal funding.

Kirkwood officials said that all new students, except for those in the high school would need to do the test.

To be sure, Kirkwood is not the only school in the country in an effort to educate students about the issue. Connecticut College, which has about 1,900 students, the efforts have grown in recent years to combat sexual violence.

First-year students at that school to participate in a mandatory orientation session on the prevention of sexual violence, speakers address the topic on panels for prospective students, and a 30-student volunteers promote a program that encourages students to see it as a collective responsibility to stop sexual abuse. One of the general objectives is to teach people how and when to intervene through videos, role plays and other exercises, the school, the officials said.

FoxNews.com’s Edmund Initiative and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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