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If you break up with a boyfriend, tell him to get lost, and he still keeps texting you, is that stalking?

Portland State students can learn the answer and how to get help if it happens in a new mandatory, online tutorial launching April 9.

PSU created the tutorial to comply with new federal legislation addressing high rates of sexual violence and low rates of reporting on college campuses. One in five women are sexually assaulted while in college and less than 5 percent of those crimes are reported, according to estimates from The White House Council on Women and Girls and the National Institute of Justice.

"We recognize sexual misconduct as a significant concern that affects the health, well-being and academic success of our students," says Jackie Balzer, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. "We are continually working to improve our coordinated campus efforts to prevent and respond to incidents."

The 30-minute tutorial teaches students about PSU's policies and codes regarding gender discrimination; dating and domestic violence; sexual harassment, misconduct and assault; and how to report violations on campus. Go here for more details on the tutorial and how to log in using D2L.

"I believe that the module is an effective way of bringing awareness to our rights and responsibilities as students at PSU," says Shelby Russell, a PSU student. "We all have an equal right to a safe learning environment."

The release of the tutorial is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, including workshops, readings, speakers and a film showing. See the full schedule of events.