Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") and the Montana Human Rights Act prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Discrimination based upon sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as sexual intercourse without consent, sexual assault, and sexual coercion. Title IX also prohibits gender based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.
The Montana Board of Regents, Policy 507 -- Title IX, requires that all employees be provided training on sexual harassment and the campus policies and procedures for reporting sexual harassment. Employees likely to witness or receive reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence should receive enhanced training which, at a minimum, includes the requirements of Title IX, the proper method for reporting sexual harassment and sexual violence and the university’s responsibilities for responding to reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
MSU has created an on-line training program for this purpose. Current employees should complete the training within 30 days. New employees will be required to complete the training within 45 days.
The Board of Regents policy can be accessed: http://www.mus.edu/board/meetings/2012/May2012/ARSA/155-103-R0512_a1.pdf
Accessing the Title IX Training Program:• Go to My Info located 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 My Apps towards the top of the page.
• On your list of Application(s) you should see Title IX Training listed. Click on it.
• You should see a page that gives a brief overview of the training and has a Start Training button.
• 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 Title IX Training mandatory training for all employees?
- Yes, 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/
I already took the Discrimination and Harassment training. Do I have to take this training too?
- Yes, the Discrimination and Harassment training is more comprehensive regarding behaviors and actions against other individuals to include race, national origin, age, etc. The Title IX training is specific to the Title IX Education Act of 1972 regarding sex discrimination in education. Both training programs need to be completed.
I tried to access the Title IX but got an "error" or "forbidden" page?
- If you have trouble accessing the training, please let us know as this should not happen.
Is the Title IX Training mandatory for Teaching Assistants (TA), Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA), Graduate Research Assistants (GRA) and student workers?
- Yes, given the nature of the services provided by TAs, GTAs and GRAs, they will be required to take the training and report any acts of sexual violence. Student workers and temporary workers also must take the training and report acts of sexual violence.
How long does the training take?
- The training should take 10 – 15 minutes.
Does the training include some sort of quiz or test, or is it only reading material?
- The training consists of reading material and includes reference and resource material for each MSU Campus. At the end of training there is a brief case study and a short quiz.
By what date does the training have to be complete?
- The training should be completed by April 15, 2013. Reminders will be sent to employees who do not complete the training by this date.
What is the sanction if someone does not complete the training?
- In the spirit of promoting an environment free of sex discrimination we are hopeful that employees and their supervisors will see the benefit of this training for education and awareness on how to prevent sex discrimination and the requirements for reporting sexual violence. The Office of Institutional Equity will routinely generate reports to review the status of completion. Supervisors/Directors/Deans will be notified if their employees have not completed the training and will work with their units to assure everyone has taken the training. At this time, employees will not be sanctioned if they do not complete the training within 45 days.
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 option here, as well as a Resume option.
Click Save before you exit the training web page.
When you want to resume the training, click:
Enter My Apps – Title IX Training - Resume (located on the left navigation panel).
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 during work hours. 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. No employee should accrue overtime or comp time to take this training unless approved in writing in advance by their supervisor.
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 (OIE) 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 and department staff 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 normal job duties and responsibilities?
- It is highly preferred that employees complete the training online. If the employee does not have access to My Info, OIE will work with the department on alternative methods of training. However, employees should be provided access to a computer in order to complete the training or, perhaps, time to go to a place with a computer (i.e. the Library or SUB) as necessary to complete the training.