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 equity 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.

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.

Mandatory Reporter Training

All employees are required to take a Mandatory Reporter Training on abiennial basis. See below for the fall training times. Spring dates will be announced closer to the spring semester.

2020 Trainings: Aug. 1st - Dec. 31st

Due to COVID-19, all fall trainings will be via WebEx.

Date Location    Start     Time  End   Time   Registration Link
Tuesday, 8/25/20 Via WebEx 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. https://www.montana.edu/calendar/events.php?id=34424
Wednesday, 9/9/20 Via WebEx 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. https://www.montana.edu/calendar/events.php?id=34471
Friday, 9/25/20 Via WebEx 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. https://www.montana.edu/calendar/events.php?id=34731
Thursday, 10/8/20 Via WebEx 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. https://www.montana.edu/calendar/events.php?id=34472
Tuesday, 10/27/20 Via WebEx 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. https://www.montana.edu/calendar/events.php?id=34732
Monday, 11/9/20 Via WebEx 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. https://www.montana.edu/calendar/events.php?id=34473
Wednesday, 11/18/20 Via WebEx 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. https://www.montana.edu/calendar/events.php?id=34733
Friday, 12/4/20 Via WebEx 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. https://www.montana.edu/calendar/events.php?id=34474

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these trainings mandatory 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/.

In addition, in May 2012, the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education adopted a policy for Title IX compliance. The policy requires the University to provide training to all employees on sexual harassment and the campus policies and procedures for reporting sexual harassment and sexual violence. The Montana Board of Regents Title IX policy can be located at this link: http://mus.edu/borpol/bor500/507.pdf For more information on Title IX refer to the Office of Institutional Equity website,http://www.montana.edu/equity/.

Why don't I have access to the online Equity Training?

There are a two different scenarios which may be preventing you from accessing the Equity Training.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Are the Equity Training and the Mandatory Reporter 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 both trainings.
  • Student and short term workers/temporary workers can be requested to take the online Equity 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. Student workers and temporary workers MUST take the Mandatory Reporter Training and report acts of sexual violence.

How long does the online training take?

The complete online Equity 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.

The Mandatory Reporter Trainings are scheduled for one hour.

By what date do the trainings have to be complete?

Please complete the training as soon as possible. New employees must complete the training within 45 days of beginning employment.

Does the online 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. Supervisors are encouraged to promote the training as an initial new hire task when a new employee begins work as well.

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 online.  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.