Welcome to the University of Houston System’s
Sexual Misconduct Awareness and Prevention and Awareness Website - Salutations
The purpose of this website to serve as a resource for any member within the University of Houston System ("UHS" or "System") community desiring information related to this topic. The Salutations website is intended to be a broad source of information related to sexual misconduct for any member within the University of Houston System ("UHS" or "System").
Sexual misconduct, a broad term encompassing a range of non-consensual sexual activity or unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature, is sex discrimination and is antithetical to the standards and ideals of UHS. As part of our commitment to provide a safe learning and working environment, UHS has launched Salutations, a system-wide campaign promoting our collective responsibility to adhere to our standards of conduct and to foster an educational, working and living environment where students, faculty, staff and visitors are free from sex discrimination of any kind.
The intent of Salutations is to inform students about common issues related to sexual misconduct. Salutations aims to help students understand their rights and responsibilities under the Sexual Misconduct Policy as well as provide students with useful information associated with sexual misconduct, including how and to whom they can report an incident.
To comply with the legal mandates that require UHS to provide training on the topic of sexual violence, Salutations must be completed by all new students during their first semester of enrollment. To accomplish this, a hold will be placed on all new student’s enrollment until they have successfully completed the Salutations training module.
If you are a new student to UHS, you will receive an email with further instructions for you to take this training.
After viewing the training, students will be directed to complete a quiz. In order to have the hold removed, the student must pass the quiz with an 80% or above. Once you have successfully completed the quiz, the hold will be removed and you will be able to register for the following semester.
The Salutations' Campaign
Throughout the System, UHS and its various partners provide regular and ongoing programming that address sexual misconduct. Collectively, these efforts comprise the Salutations Sexual Misconduct Educational and Awareness Campaign. Please find a description of those activities below.
Introduction Beginning with Orientation
At every component, all new students are orientated to the concept of sexual misconduct, consent, reporting, and bystander intervention. New staff and faculty orientations also include a discussion of the sexual misconduct policy, non-discrimination laws, and policies.
Campus Presentations and Events
"Take Back the Night" and other presentations regarding sexual misconduct and other risk factors for college students are regularly included as a part of UHS programming provided for the campus community.
Training for Student Employees and Leaders
All Resident Assistants (RAs) and other student leaders receive specialized training to address alcohol, drugs and sexual misconduct. RAs are also required to host educational programs on these topics for their student residents.
Alcohol Awareness Programs
Various on and off campus partners provide presentations in residence halls and to student organizations, such fraternities and sororities, that involve information on state and federal laws regarding alcohol consumption, recognizing signs of alcohol poisoning, sexual misconduct and strategies for reducing students' risk of harm if they choose to drink.
Student Leaders, Greeks and Athletes
Each year, many students attend an educational presentation on vital topics including alcohol, drugs and sexual misconduct.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Salutations Training
What is Salutations?
Salutations is the University of Houston System’s ("UHS") sexual misconduct prevention and awareness training program for students. The goal of Salutations is to make students aware of concepts commonly associated with sexual misconduct.
What is sexual misconduct?
At the UHS, sexual misconduct is a broad term encompassing a range of non-consensual sexual activity or unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that includes: sexual harassment, sexual assault, nonconsensual sexual touching, sexual exploitation, interpersonal violence (such as domestic and dating violence) and stalking.
Where did the name Salutations come from?
The name, Salutations, is a play off its definition: “…a gesture of respect, homage, or polite recognition, especially one made to or by a person when arriving or departing.” The concept of Salutations is to create an immersive training environment where older or returning students are welcoming new students to the university system and introducing the new students to risk reduction strategies that will make the entire campus community safer.
How do students complete the training?
Salutations will be delivered online. Once the students log on, they will view four videos (introduction and three situation-based videos) designed to explore the concepts commonly associated with sexual misconduct, such as acquaintance rape, as well as information on its prevention, such as recognizing the warning signs of abusive behavior.
What is the purpose of Salutations?
The purpose of Salutations is two-fold: To comply with state and federal mandates; and to make students aware of issues commonly associated with sexual misconduct and the resources and support services available to address these issues.
Is it mandatory for students to take the training?
Yes. As a part of Texas (HB699) and federal mandate (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Campus SaVE Act), all new students are required to be trained on sexual misconduct. These laws have mandated that universities provide students with the critical safety information that is provided in the training.
Are incoming graduate or transfer students required to take the training?
Federal law requires all new students, including graduate and transfer students, to be trained on sexual misconduct.
How long will it take for students to complete the training?
It should take about an hour, but it may take some students longer.
When do students need to complete the training?
As soon as possible, but preferably by the due date. Check your campus website for that date.
What happens if a student does not complete the training?
Failure to complete the training by the due date will result in a hold being placed on the student’s enrollment for the following semester – meaning a student will not be able to register for classes next semester until they complete the training.
Will a student receive credit hours or a grade when they complete the training?
No, a student will not receive a letter grade, but in order to complete the training students will need to get 8 out of the 10 questions correct on the final quiz at the end of the training. The grade will not be noted in the student’s academic record and the student will not receive credit hours for completing it.
Do students have to finish the training in one sitting?
No, a student can pause the training and go back to the place where they left off when they are ready. So long as they complete the training by the due date, there is no penalty for pausing the training.
What if the training makes me uncomfortable?
Some of the content in Salutations may be disturbing to some students. While Salutations does not intend to create that reaction, if a student has that reaction, they have the ability to fast forward past the part that is causing them to feel uncomfortable and move on to the next part of the training. They also have the option to pause the training and to pick it up at a later time. So long as the student completes the training by the due date, they can start and stop the training at their leisure.
If you ever desire any information regarding the Sexual Misconduct Policy or training opportunities on your campus, the following is a list of UHS Title IX Coordinators. If you have any concerns about sex discrimination, sexual misconduct specifically, please contact one of the following offices.
UH - Main Campus
Title IX Coordinator
Dr. Richard Anthony Baker
Assistant Vice Chancellor/ Vice President
UH - Clear Lake
Title IX Coordinator
Corey J. Benson, M.Ed.
Title IX Coordinator and Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
UH - Downtown
Title IX Coordinator for Employees
Ivonne Montalbano, MBA, SPHR
Vice President for Employment Services and Operations
Title IX Coordinator for Students
Tommy N. Thomason, M.Ed
Student Conduct Officer/Title IX Coordinator