We are writing to update you on the implementation of mandatory Title IX/sexual misconduct awareness and prevention training that is required of all faculty, staff, and students. These required training activities expand on those already underway at UMBC.
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. All faculty and staff will also be required to complete a complementary online training module.
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.
Mandatory, in-person training for faculty, staff, graduate assistants, and student leaders is scheduled as follows:
Group 1: All academic, administrative, and student leaders will undergo training on December 6, 2018 (2 sessions).
Group 2: All remaining Responsible Employees will undergo training on one of the following days: January 16, 17, 22, and 23, 2019 (13 sessions, including one evening session).
Group 3: All remaining employees will undergo training on either May 20 or May 21, 2019 (6 sessions).
All employees will soon receive a personal email containing information on which group they belong to and instructions describing how to sign up for one of the appropriate face-to-face training sessions.
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
Thanks to the Training Implementation Team for their hard work in rolling out the trainings:
- Sarah Shin, Chair, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
- Lisa Akchin, Associate Vice President, Engagement
- David Gleason, General Counsel
- Bobbie L. Hoye, Associate General Counsel/Title IX Coordinator
- Kevin Joseph, Senior Director, Business Intelligence, Division of Information Technology
- Jess Myers, Director, Women’s Center
- Jacki Stone, Community Health and Safety Specialist, Division of Student Affairs
- Laura Ting, Associate Professor of Social Work
- Jill Wardell, Director, Workplace Learning and Wellness
- Aliya Webermann, Clinical and Community Psychology Doctoral Student
- Additional student representative to be appointed by the Student Advisory Committee
Freeman Hrabowski, President
Philip Rous, Provost
Adam Harvey, University Steering Committee Chair
Sarah Shin, Training Implementation Team Chair and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs