RSO Harm Reduction Requirement

Background Info

As part of the 2017 Undergraduate Student Government resolution, in order to receive funding, a Registered Student Organization (RSO) must annually ensure that their organization has at least 25% of their membership completing this harm reduction program. To support this requirement, the Health Promotion, Collegiate Recovery, and Social Justice Education teams provide the content and facilitation for the workshops.

You will have until the annual RSO Re-Registration Deadline to complete the program. This requirement is an important step in creating a safe and inclusive DU community. Thank you for supporting this goal!

You do not have to meet this requirement prior to submitting re-registration materials when Re-Registration opens in the Spring Quarter, but do need to complete the requirement by the re-registration deadline.

The workshops cover specific content areas:

Suicide Prevention Training
Learn the warning signs, ask the question, make a referral

Microaggression Intervention
An introduction to what constitutes, and how to respond to, everyday microaggressions

Recovery is Spoken Here: Recovery Ally Training
This training provides awareness and skills to become an ally of students in recovery. The training explores warning signs of a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and how to connect students to support through the HCC Collegiate Recovery Program. Additionally, attendees will learn how to partner with the Collegiate Recovery Program.

Opioid Overdose Response Training (NARCAN)
Attendees of Opioid Overdose Response Training (OORT) will learn how to identify an overdose emergency, how to obtain and utilize Narcan (naloxone HCl), gain insight regarding the Good Samaritan Law, and understand through a DEI lens how Narcan has become a social justice issue.

Swipe Right: Introduction to Healthy Relationships
This workshop will use a fictional relationship as it develops between two people who meet online to explore topics such as: relationship red/green flags, conflict resolution, consent, and interpersonal violence (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking). Students will also learn about campus and community resources that support those who may have experienced these types of harm.

Bartending School
Let's test your bartending skills and knowledge! This interactive 90-minute workshop will cover how alcohol affects the body and mind, myths about alcohol, pouring standard drink sizes, and ways to prevent alcohol poisoning and intervene in potentially harmful situations. Participants will also learn that more is not necessarily better and discuss safer strategies to reduce risk when drinking.

What is the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC)?
The Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) is designed to ensure that no one has to sacrifice academic excellence or a social belonging for their recovery. The Collegiate Recovery Program provides a social and study space at the Center for Collegiate Recovery for those in recovery and those whose lives have been affected by substance use and behavioral disorders. Learn more about the trainings and events hosted by the CRC in this workshop.

Deconstructing the "Man Box"
Research informs us that ridged gender roles is one of the root causes of interpersonal violence. In this presentation, we will begin to identify where we have received messages about what it means to be masculine, the impacts of those messages, and how deconstructing masculine gender roles support our community's goal in reducing harm across campus.

Check the list of open trainings being offered here.

Request a training for your RSO here.

Implications of Not Completing the Requirement

RSOs who do not complete the twenty-five (25) percent harm prevention requirement will still be allowed to re-register. However, a base allocation reduction of thirty-three (33) percent will be assessed until the requirement is completed. The base allocation reduction shall be returned once the requirement is completed. Additionally, in the 2023-2024 academic year, RSOs who did not complete the requirement prior to the re-registration deadline will not be able to request supplemental funding until the requirement has been met.

This language was PASSED and ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the Undergraduate Senate held on the 3rd day of May 2022

Harm Reduction Requirement FAQs:

  • How do you track attendance for the RSO Harm Reduction workshops?

    Once your request for a workshop has been approved and confirmed, you'll be invited to co-host an event in CrimsonConnect. Invite your members to that event and ensure that they register.

    At the event, the facilitators of the workshop will check-in attendees at the beginning of the workshop. Attendees must arrive on time to be checked in. At the end of the workshop, the facilitators will check out the attendees who have attended the entire training. If attendees have registered for the event, checked-in, and checked-out, they will receive a badge in CrimsonConnect indicating their completion of their requirement.

  • How do you know if 25% of my organization has completed the requirement?

    Using the badges assigned to members who have successfully completed the workshop, we will be able to calculate if 25% of your organization membership (including officers) have completed the requirement.

    To check the status of your organizational requirements, please use the link at the top of this webpage.

    If you believe you have met the 25%, but the spreadsheet does not indicate that, please reach out to to confirm.

  • What if members of my organization have already completed a workshop for the RSO requirement this year? Will they need to attend another one?

    If members of your organization are members of another or multiple student organizations, and they attend an RSO requirement-approved workshop with their other organization(s), they do not have to attend additional trainings for each organization they belong to. You should confirm their attendance and completion of the other workshop to ensure compliance.

  • What if a member of my organization finds the content to be activating for personal reasons?

    We understand that some of the topics covered in the trainings may be particularly difficult to discuss for personal reasons. We encourage individuals to consider participating in another workshop offering or to reach out to one of the following resources for additional support:

    • If completing the inter-personal violence workshop may be activating, please email to talk to a confidential advocate about alternatives for the requirements.
    • For concerns about the alcohol-based workshop or the suicide prevention workshop, please email
    • For concerns about the microagression intervention workshop, please email
    • For concerns about the recovery workshops or NARCAN training, please email
  • One of the members of my organization says they have been exempted from a training, or otherwise says they can't go. What do I do?

    If a member of your organization says they have been exempted from the workshop requirement, it is important that you not force them to disclose the reason why. The Office of Student Engagement will be tracking exemptions and will ensure they do not count against your 25% attendance requirement.

    If they are unable to attend due to a schedule conflict, or simply do not want to go, this is not a valid exemption reason. They can attend an open training (these will be posted in CrimsonConnect), or other members can attend to meet the 25% attendance requirement in their place.

  • My organization has values or beliefs that may conflict with some of the workshop topics. Do we still have to complete the workshop?

    The workshop options for the RSO requirement meet essential public health needs for the DU community. Completing a workshop is required annually for all RSOs in order to receive full funding. In support of our different student organizations, each of the workshops can be tailored while still maintaining the essential content. When you fill out the workshop request form, be sure to indicate your needs or preferences in the appropriate question box.

    If you have questions or would like to talk to a staff person about a workshop, you can reach out to us by email.

    • For suicide prevention, alcohol skills, and gender-based violence workshops, email
    • For the microaggressions intervention workshop, email
    • For workshops related to recovery and NARCAN Training, email

    Remember, you must submit your requests for the workshop at least two weeks in advance of the facilitation date you request. If you would like the facilitator to work with you on the content of the workshop, we suggest submitting your request at least three weeks in advance.