Policy Statement(Taken from Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Retaliation policy, Section 270.00)
To educate staff and faculty on the importance of non-discrimination and the prevention of sexual harassment in the work environment and classroom, each Montana State University campus requires all employees (faculty, all Graduate Teaching Assistants, Graduate Research Assistants, Administrators and staff members) to:
- complete discrimination and harassment prevention training on a biennial basis; and
- complete MSU’s Title IX on-line training in accordance with Montana Board of Regents Policy 507.
New employees must complete the training within 45 days of employment. Temporary employees and student employees are required to complete the training program only at the discretion of the RO or Human Resources and/or in conjunction with the department of hire.
Supervisors shall support the employee in providing a reasonable amount of work time for the employee to complete the training program. Training programs can be selected from resources such as online programs, presentations or self-study options as determined and pre-approved by the RO
The University also requires primary prevention, risk reduction and awareness training programs for all incoming students and new employees concerning sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. And, the University shall maintain ongoing prevention, risk reduction, and awareness campaigns concerning sexual misconduct, domestic violence, and stalking for students and employees.
Accessing the Equity Training Program
- Go to My Info at https://atlas.montana.edu:9000/pls/bzagent/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage.
- Click on Enter Secure Area and log-in.
- Click on the tab titled MyApps at the top right of the page.
- On your list of Application(s), Equity Training should be listed. Click on it.
- A page with a brief overview of the training should come up.
- When you are ready, click the Start Training button to begin.
- Depending on your browser, you may need to scroll down to see the Next button to advance through the training.
- Please note: If you begin the training but are not able to complete it and you need to resume where you left off, you will need to access it from the same computer that you began the training on.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Equity Training mandatory training for all employees?
Yes. Section 270.00 of the Discrimination policy requires all MSU employees (faculty, all Graduate Teaching Assistants, Graduate Research Assistants, Administrators and staff members) to complete the prevention training on a biennial basis. The policy is located at this link: www.montana.edu/policy/discrimination/.
I don't have access to the Equity Training?
There are a two different scenarios which may be preventing you from accessing the Equity Training.
- If your employment appointment has not been entered and applied to the enterprise system (Banner), you may not see Equity Training listed on the MyApps tab after logging into MyInfo. You will want to contact the individual in your departmental who is responsible for hiring and payroll procedures to get the status of your employment appointment.
- If you have completed the training previously, you should see a message indicating the date you completed the training. If so, you have fulfilled the requirement.
If neither of the two options above apply to you, please contact our office for further assistance.
Is the Equity Training mandatory for Teaching Assistants (TA), Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA), Graduate Research Assistants (GRA), temporary or student workers?
- TAs, GTAs, GRAs are required to complete the training.
- Student and short term workers/temporary workers can be requested to take the training at the discretion of the department. However, if one classification/status of workers is asked to complete the training, all workers in the classification/status should complete the training.
How long does the training take?
The complete training takes approximately 30-40 minutes. You have the option of doing it in shorter blocks of time if you click Save My Session and then click Resume My Session to access the training where you left off.
By what date does the training have to be complete?
Please complete the training as soon as possible. New employees must complete the training within 45 days of beginning employment.
What is the sanction if someone does not complete the training?
As of this time, we are not considering sanctions. In the spirit of promoting an environment free of discrimination and harassment, we are hopeful employees will see the benefit of taking this training for education and awareness on how to prevent discrimination and harassment in the classroom and workplace.
Does the training have to be completed in one sitting?
The training can be saved and resumed unlimited times for 5 days after initial sign-in. Please note: You will need to access the training from the same computer that you initiated the training program.
While in the training program, you will see a navigation panel on the left side of the screen. There is a Save My Session option here, as well as a Resume My Session option.
Click Save before you exit the training web page.
Can employees take the training on their own time and claim overtime/comp time for completing it?
The training is a work related task and supervisors should encourage employees to complete the training. With the option of resuming the training within 5 days of beginning it, there is no reason to expect an employee to have to take the training outside of regular work time.
How will new employees be notified to take the training?
New employees are required to complete the training within the first 45 days of employment. The Office of Institutional Equity is a regular presenter at New Employee Orientation and the training program will be explained at this training. In addition, if new employees do not attend New Employee Orientation, they will be notified by OIE of this requirement and OIE will monitor the completion rate. As well, supervisors are encouraged to promote the training as an initial new hire task when a new employee begins work.
What if an employee does not have access to a computer during their regular job duties and responsibilities?
Many departments have protocols in place to allow employees whose positions don't require computer access for their regular job duties and responsibilities to complete the training on-line. If there are circumstances where a computer is not available, please contact our office so we may work with the department to come up with a solution.