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Training Requirements and Opportunities

Mental Health Awareness Training

All incoming students are required to complete a training on mental health awareness which is delivered through the online Kognito training. This interactive training takes about 30-40 minutes to complete and involves online training simulations. To start the training, you will need to register for an account. Please use your email address to make the account so you can get credit for completing the training and save the certificate you receive at the completion of the training. You will receive credit for completing either the student or faculty/staff training.

Training must be completed by 11:59 pm, Friday, October 13, 2023.

If you have trouble accessing the training or questions, please contact 

Sexual Assault Prevention (required for everyone)

The University’s Prohibition of Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct policy requires all incoming, returning, and transfer students, as well as all faculty and staff, to be regularly educated on discrimination and harassment prevention, sexual violence, and reporting options and obligations. New students are required to complete training before or early in their first semester. All returning students are provided training materials and encouraged to review those materials each academic year. 

For students starting in the Fall: Detailed instructions on how to access and complete the program will be provided by email to your Illinois email account early in the fall. New students can also self-register to complete the training. See details including how to self-register on the We Care website.

For students starting in the Spring: If you are a new student in the Spring semester, detailed instructions on how to access and complete the program will be provided by email to your Illinois email account. Self-registration will not be available in the Spring semester.

Read more about Sexual Assault Prevention Training and the U of I System Statement on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct.

If you have questions accessing the training or questions, please contact

Illinois Mandatory Ethics Training (required of all graduate assistants)

All state public university employees are required to complete the OEIG-approved annual ethics training program for University employees.

Graduate assistants will receive an email at their official university account, prompting them to complete their training.

Regulatory Compliance & Safety

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research provides programs and services to help faculty, staff, and students meet the ethical and regulatory requirements for the responsible conduct of research. Many individuals are required to complete training provided based on the nature of their research (e.g. animal care and use, human subject use, laboratory and research safety, etc.) as well as laboratory specific training. Individual training requirements vary by field of study.

Check with your program to find out what training you may need to complete.