Personal Empowerment Through Self Awareness (PETSA)

Personal Empowerment Through Self Awareness (PETSA) is a training course, with the focus on promoting the intellectual awareness of all students, offering accessible resources and services from the university regarding sexual violence. At the university, we believe that students need to be actively engaged in their education and engaged in contributing to keeping the campus safe.

Students have a deadline to complete the course: Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Students who fail to complete the course by the deadline will have a registration hold placed on their student account. 

Quick Facts:

  • The University enrolls students who need to complete the training course: all new, incoming students are enrolled in the (FY 17) PETSA course on D2L.
  • The course is for both undergraduate and graduate students as well as transfers. 
  • A student should tentatively plan for the program to take in total an hour to an hour and a half.
  • The major components covered in the course are divided into the following segments:
    • broad information about the seriousness of rape on college campuses;
    • information regarding Minnesota state law, Board of Regents Policy and Procedure (which prohibits all acts of sexual violence including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking), defining consent, policy jurisdiction, and predatory behavior;
    • identifying harmful stereotypes, relationship and dating violence, and stalking; and
    • personal empowerment of actions students can take (including risk reduction), as well as bystander awareness and support for victims.

The MSUM Sexual Violence and Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination policies and procedures apply to and protect all students (undergraduate and graduate) as well as employees.  We want everyone to understand their rights and responsibilities.  Furthermore, the university has federal and state requirements for providing training regarding sexual violence.

Link for a tutorial to assist students navigating from the MSUM homepage to the course on D2L:

Notes for students:

  • Students who experience difficulties with the course should contact the MSUM IT Help Desk: 218-477-2603 or
  • Students who believe they successfully completed the course at another institution in Minnesota during a previous semester/academic year should contact the Title IX Coordinator to verification.
  • Students who experience a registration hold on their account will still need to complete the course.  To resolve the student record registration hold, students should successfully complete the course and then contact the Title IX Coordinator,; 218.477.2174