Respect Boundaries

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, a federal law, requires all new incoming students to receive primary prevention and awareness education about sexual violence. In compliance with this law, new students are required to complete the Respect Boundaries: Sexual Violence Awareness Program. The program emphasizes Purdue’s commitment to a safe campus environment and each student’s shared responsibility, as a member of the community, to help foster a safe campus environment. 

Audience: new, incoming students

Time: 30 minutes

Format: Online-only, Brightspace

Recurrence: One time

How to register:

All new incoming students are automatically enrolled in this course. Students do not manually register. 

Directions to access Respect Boundaries in Brightspace.  


Visit these frequently asked questions to learn more.

All new incoming students at Purdue University each semester, whether residential or online only, must complete Respect Boundaries. This is a one-time training and does not expire.

Respect Boundaries will appear in Brightspace approximately one week before the semester begins for any new incoming student.

Respect Boundaries is required every semester - summer, fall, and spring. 

There are four short modules associated with the program: 

  1. The first module covers applicable policies across campus.

  2. The second module offers guidance on how to be an active bystander to help prevent sexual violence, as well as information about how to help a survivor of sexual violence who may seek support from students. 

  3. The third module covers relationship violence.

  4. The fourth module covers resources and support options available on campus and in the community for survivors of sexual violence. 

One of the main topics of Respect Boundaries, harassment, can and does occur online. It is important for you as an online student to know where to go for support and resources should you experience online harassment.

Additionally, the law requiring this education does not differentiate between one-time, part-time, or full-time students, nor does it differentiate between those taking classes on campus vs. those enrolled in a distance education course or program. The policies and procedures covered in the program apply to you as a student at Purdue University.

If you do not complete the program a hold will be placed on your registration. You will not be able to enroll in any future classes at Purdue until you complete the program.

You must complete each of the four quizzes with 100% accuracy for the hold to be removed.

Upon completing all four modules, the hold will be automatically removed within an hour. The Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance can not remove the hold manually.

Direct all questions about Respect Boundaries to the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance Education at or 765-496-3201. 

Please note that we do not manually remove Respect Boundaries holds. The only way for the hold to be removed is for you to complete the training. Holds are then removed within about thirty minutes.