Students beginning a new semester at the University of Montana learned this week that they're taking an extra class, addressing sexual violence and personal behavior.
This morning's Missoulian reports that all students attending the U of M are required to watch a tutorial and pass a quiz with a score of 100 percent before they're allowed to register for second-semester classes. The tutorial is dubbed "Personal Empowerment Through Self-Awareness."
The university recently confirmed that it had hired a consultant to help its "branding efforts" in the shadow of a scandal involving numerous sexual-assault incidents at the Missoula school.
The most-recent headlines saw the quarterback of the U of M's football team charged with rape.
The U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights have both launched separate investigations into allegations of sexual assault at the university. The Justice Department cited more than 80 reported rapes in Missoula in three years, including at least 11 student-related cases in recent months.