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Mandatory Title IX Training

Why is mandatory training required for employees?

Based on recommendations from the UMBC community, and consistent with recent changes in Maryland State law, all employees will now undergo in-person training on sexual misconduct prevention and response.

Please refer to the personalized email that you received which will inform you of the specific session options based on your role. We encourage you to register early to secure your seat. If you need assistance, please contact Sarah Shin at shin@umbc.edu.

All faculty and staff will also be required to complete a complementary online training module.

What training will students receive?

In response to recommendations made by students, campus leaders and consultants will also be working with the student advisory committee to develop comprehensive mandatory training for all UMBC students on sexual misconduct awareness and prevention, to supplement the training they receive during orientation and other campus programs. We will continue to update the UMBC community as the plan for the training of students is developed and implemented.

When is my mandatory Title IX training?

Information on future mandatory training sessions will be posted as it becomes available.

What does it mean to be a Responsible Employee?

A definition and details on reporting obligations are available in UMBC’s Amended Policy for Sexual Misconduct.

What can I expect at the mandatory in-person training for employees?

In 2018-19, each in-person educational/training session was provided by Gina Smith and Leslie Gomez of Cozen O’Connor, Bobbie Hoye, associate general counsel/Title IX coordinator, and Jess Myers, director of the UMBC Women’s Center. Gina and Leslie have decades of experience as prosecutors and attorneys addressing institutional response to sexual violence, gender and race-based harassment, child abuse, and other forms of criminal conduct from a trauma-informed care perspective. Sessions will address not only Title IX compliance, reporting procedures and processes, but also how we can better support members of our community.

Each face-to-face educational/training session will address the following topics:

  • Fostering an educational environment free from discrimination and harassment
  • Promoting a safer, more caring environment for all members of the UMBC community
  • Understanding the history and context of Title IX and the Clery Act
  • Understanding University policies and procedures for reporting, investigating, and responding to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence
  • Understanding campus and community resources to support reporting parties and responding parties
  • Understanding the difference between confidential resources and reporting options on campus and in the community
  • Identifying, preventing, and responding to sexual and gender-based harassment, discrimination and violence, dating and domestic violence, and stalking
  • Understanding reporting expectations for University employees
  • Responding effectively and with care to individuals who disclose that they have experienced sexual violence

If you have additional questions about in-person training, please contact Sarah Shin at shin@umbc.edu.

A note for those participating in training in the Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building (not the Concert Hall in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building):
What is covered in the mandatory online training?

The online training module, “Not Anymore for Employees,” will be sent to your email from SafeColleges and takes about 30 minutes. This online training is designed for employees in higher education institutions to help them better understand Title IX and their roles as they relate to preventing and responding to sexual misconduct. It includes UMBC-specific policies and procedures, resources, and information on how each of us can support and appropriately care for our fellow community members.

If you cannot find your online training email: Using your web browser, go to the SafeColleges website for University of Maryland, Baltimore County and enter your username: your UMBC ID number. Once you log into the site, click on a course title to begin the training. Each course has audio, so be sure to turn up your speakers to listen. You must complete each section of the course in order to receive full credit.

If you have additional questions, please contact Bobbie Hoye at bhoye@umbc.edu.

What if I need support or want to debrief following the training?

We understand that this training may be difficult. If you need support or want to debrief following training, UMBC resources are listed in the online training module and in our Retriever Courage website resources section.