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Training for Graduate Students and Graduate-Student-Employees

This page lists training that is mandatory for undergraduate students at UC Merced, as well as training that is only required of students engaging in specific activities, such as working in laboratories. Training is mandatory when required by UC policy, risk assessments, governmental regulatory agencies, funding entities, accrediting bodies, and other entities external to UC Merced. This is not an exhaustive list. If you have questions regarding other required training not listed here, please contact

Sexual Violence Prevention Training

All new graduate students are required to complete Sexual Violence Prevention training via the Everfi training website. Learn more about Everfi at  

Graduate students will receive an email invitation with instructions on how to access the course. Let us know if you do not receive an email invitation by September 1.

This requirement cannot be satisfied by any other Sexual Violence/Harassment Prevention training completed in the past. Students that do not fulfill their requirement may face consequences, such as a hold on their class registration. Completion of the Everfi course will satisfy employee training requirements for two years. 

Contact if you have any questions or concerns.

COVID-19 Training for Students

As an important step in protecting the campus and larger community, UC Merced has developed mandatory online training that covers the concepts and resources for mitigating the spread of coronavirus on campus and among our campus community. The training is available via CatCourses and is required for all students irrespective of whether your job or academic activities are at a campus facility. Because of the requirement, there are consequences for individuals who fail to successfully complete the training.

The COVID-19 training is only required once. If you complete the training as a student, you do not need to complete it as a student-employee, and vice-versa. If you have completed the course and continue to receive reminders, notify


All UC employees, including graduate student employees, are required to complete the following mandatory training:

Employee mandatory training is available in the UC Learning Center and will be listed on the Required Training screen. If you do not have an active appointment (i.e., your job doesn’t start for a week) you may not see anything listed on the required training screen. Please check the required training screen every time you start a new job to ensure your training is up to date.

Note: graduate student employees are not required to attend staff New Employee Orientation.

For more information about mandatory training for employees, visit 

Graduate student employee job titles include:

  • Teaching Fellow (TEACHG FELLOW)
  • Teaching Assistant (TEACHG ASST)
  • Graduate Student Researcher (GSR)
  • Remedial Tutor (REMD TUT)
  • Reader
  • Tutor
  • Assoc In _____

Laboratory Safety Training

Graduate students who will be working in laboratories must complete lab safety training. These three “core” classes are required of all lab workers every three years:

  • Lab Safety Fundamentals (required prior to starting work in the lab)
  • Hazmat Spill Response
  • Fire Safety

Other lab safety training is required based on the type of lab or research. If you will be working in a lab, talk to your PI or Faculty Advisor about which courses you are required to complete. More information can be found at

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Training

FERPA is recommended for people who may have access to student information, such as Teaching Assistants. You can access the FERPA course through the UC Learning Center or use this link: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Training

UC Learning Center

If you experience technical issues with the UC Learning Center, visit the troubleshooting page at For further assistance, contact