Title IX and Clery Act Training for Faculty and Staff

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Why Colleges and Universities Need Title IX Training and Clery Act Training

The Jeanne Clery Act , or Clery Act, requires all higher education students, faculty and staff to receive training on how to recognize, respond to, and prevent sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Title IX training is a vital component satisfying Clery Act requirements and meeting moral obligations to your university community. Failure to provide adequate sexual assault training can have lasting effects on students' and staff members’ lives, and leave your university liable for harm.  EVERFI is prepared to provide your faculty and staff the critical training that will prepare them to identify, address and help prevent sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking.

Overview of Title IX

While most are aware of Title IX as the sex discrimination law, not everyone knows how much this law has and continues to evolve. Enacted in 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments was originally administered by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The law prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex for any activities in any institution that received federal funding of any kind.

Title IX Obligations and Protections1

  • Recipients of Education Department funds must conduct their operation in a nondiscriminatory manner:
    • Recruitment, admissions, and counseling
    • Financial assistance
    • Athletics
    • Sex-based harassment
    • Treatment of pregnant and parenting students
    • Discipline, single-sex education, and employment.
  • Recipients of Education Department funds may not retaliate against an individual that has made a charge, testified or participated in any action under Title IX

Originally seen as an equality-in-athletics initiative, the broad language of the Title IX law left it open to interpretation and revision. What legislators could not have predicted forty years ago was the potential reach of Title IX and how many people are now under its protection. OCR’s “Dear Colleagues Letter” expands Title IX beyond just sex discrimination to also cover various forms of harassment (sexual harassment, sexual violence, etc) and details how Title IX laws can apply to incidents that occur on- and off-campus. Title IX continues to evolve today, with new updated guidelines currently under review.

Title IX Violation Examples2

  • Failure to provide or disseminate notice of nondiscrimination
  • Lack of Title IX Coordinator contact information in the school’s nondiscrimination notice
  • No established or published grievance procedure that provides quick and fair resolutions for complaints under Title IX

Title IX: 5 Ways It Changed Education for the Better

With the passage of Title IX in June of 1972, everything changed. Let’s take a look at some of the ways Title IX changed education for the better.

Why Choose EVERFI’s Title IX and Clery Act Training Course?

However you manage campus issues and concerns, your duty is to know the law, establish an actionable Title IX harassment policy, and act in compliance. While you can’t control whether a student is only comfortable confiding in a Resident Advisor (RA), rather than your school’s Title IX Coordinator, you must ensure the RA knows how to respond and report appropriately. EVERFI’s Title IX training courses on sexual assault prevention not only train administrators on the law, they also help to create a healthy, respectful learning environment that benefits everyone.

IneffectiveTitle IX and Clery Act Training Can Be a Costly Mistake

Failing to provide effective Title IX training to faculty, staff and students could be your highest area of exposure. EVERFI’s courses use realistic scenarios students and staff can relate to as well as interactive elements that keep learners engaged throughout the course.  Our approach to sexual assault prevention promotes empathy and support for survivors and increases learners' ability to intervene and prevent sexual assault.

Thorough Title IX and Clery Act Training That is Simple to Implement Providing information and training on your harassment policy is the only way to ensure the protection of the student’s interest as well as your institution.

EVERFI offers training suitable for a variety of audiences, including:

EVERFI’s’ online Title IX training can help ensure your faculty, staff and students know what to do in the event of a complaint and what steps to take to create a responsive, respectful campus. Look to EVERFI for all your training needs, on Title IX policy and beyond.

1. “Title IX and Sex Discrimination” US Department of Education, April 2015
2. "Title IX Resource Guide” US Department of Education, April 2015

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