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 mandatory training on sexual misconduct prevention and response.
Please refer to the email that you received from the Office of Equity and Inclusion and SafeCollege, the online training platform. If you need assistance, please contact Ever Hanna at EverHanna@umbc.edu. You can also view the OEI training FAQ here.
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?
OEI will resume in-person training when it is safe for all employees to return to campus.
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
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):
- You can find the Recital Hall location on the UMBC campus map. The Recital Hall is located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building (the side closest to the Engineering Building).
- Please finish all food and drink before entering the Recital Hall. Only water is allowed in the space.
- If you don’t have a campus parking permit or a registered vehicle, you may either use the visitor parking lots (Performing Arts and Humanities Building visitor lot or Administration Drive garage) on campus or obtain a daily pass from Parking Services.
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 1 hour. 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 Ever Hanna at EverHanna@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. If you have been personally affected by sexual or interpersonal violence and are concerned that you may not be able to complete the training as a result, please contact Title IX Coordinator Mikhel Kushner at TitleIXCoordinator@umbc.edu.