According to the Hanyang Human Rights Center (HRC), the “Online Human rights and violence prevention education for students” which started in May 2019 will end in February 2020. The reason they started this education is because of the lack of education on preventing sexual harassment & sexual violence, and lack of awareness on human rights in the university. The online education consists of four lectures on sexual violence, sexual harassment, family violence, prostitution, human rights, and gender. Researchers at the HRC said video lectures were made by researchers who studied students’ human rights professionally and in detail. If students take these lectures and solve ten or more quiz questions out of 12, a certificate of completion will be issued.
Researchers said, currently, the student completion rate is 6.5 percent, which is far smaller than the percentage required by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. They think this is due to lack of promotion. It is not a mandatory education and is the first time the school is officially starting the online human rights education. Therefore, most students are not aware of this useful education yet. Through this education students can learn which actions can cause problems as well as how to protect themselves from becoming a victim. Also, the HRCʼs researcher said promoting right sexual values can help prevent potential problems. Other universities designated this education as a compulsory education and created restrictions like inability to view grades when students donʼt complete the course. On the contrary, Hanyang University (HYU) and the HRC encourage voluntary participation. The education will be executed again from April 2020. As this education is related to the rights of students, if they participate voluntarily and actively, it will be easier to proceed education next year.