It sounds as though this decision may have been driven by some students, which would be no surprise.

The College Fix reports:

Title IX training now mandatory for all Harvard College students

Before Harvard College students are able to register for classes this fall, they’ll have to complete an online Title IX Training module. This module has been offered as a voluntary option in the past but is now mandatory for all undergraduate students at the university.

In an email to the student body, Harvard College Title IX coordinators Emily Miller and Brian Libby, announced that the training module was mandatory and would focus on the university’s resources and policies when it came to sexual harassment and assault.

“Many of you have spoken up and asked that we do more to ensure that every single student completes this training. We heard you,” the coordinators wrote, according to The Harvard Crimson.

Neither Miller or Libby responded to multiple requests for clarification from The College Fix about what exactly was included in the Title IX online training or whether these online modules have shown success in curbing harassment or increasing reporting.

Prior to its implementation as a mandatory requirement, a Harvard-issued report described the school’s training module as “provid[ing] community members with condensed, plain language explanations of our Policy, processes, and resources in an interactive, user-friendly format (including videos and animated vignettes).”

This announcement of this new policy comes on the heels of a May proclamation by university administration that a similar Title IX module would be required for all faculty and staff. Graduate Students will also have to complete a Title IX training module in order to register for classes.