May 20, 2015
To: All University of Denver faculty and staff members
From: Kathryne Grove, Director – Equal Opportunity and Title IX
Our responsibility as faculty and staff members at the University of Denver centers on creating an environment in which our students can be fully engaged in their learning and can flourish in their time here. Such an environment is also better for us as employees as we work together to achieve our educational mission.
Yet we face challenges in this work, perhaps none more critical than supporting survivors of sexual assault. I hope you’ve noticed and read the community messages we’ve been sharing over the past few months, to provide education, to break the silence and create a dialogue on the difficult subject of sexual misconduct. Now it’s time to take a big—and required—step in this work, mandatory Title IX training for all University of Denver faculty and staff members.
Title IX is a law that came into play more than 40 years ago that is applicable to all higher education institutions receiving federal financial assistance. It prohibits discrimination based on sex (gender). In our ongoing efforts to promote a more compassionate and supportive environment for those in our community who are survivors of sexual assault, every faculty and staff member (including adjunct faculty and student workers) must complete Title IX training as follows:
The Title IX training webinar is available as a course on Canvas (note that you use your PioneerWeb login information to access Canvas).
- Look for an email invitation sent later today through the Canvas system with a link to the course.
- On the main page of the course, click on “Introduction” to begin and use the “Next” button to progress through the course.
- You’ll need approximately 20 minutes to complete the training. At the end, you must correctly answer five questions to complete the training.
- The webinar will remain open throughout the summer. All DU faculty and staff members must complete the course.
After this webinar training, there will be additional in-person learning opportunities to expand on Title IX. These will begin in fall 2015 and are not the same as the webinar training.
It’s not often we require mandatory training for our employees, but there are compelling reasons to do so in this case. We are seeing a critical cultural shift nationwide as Title IX complaints against universities are increasing. This has led to new requirements for universities, coming directly from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as changes applicable to higher education that result from reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act or VAWA.
This training will prepare you to understand our requirements under Title IX, and, most important, what’s expected of you as faculty or staff when you are made aware of an incident of sexual misconduct affecting a member of our campus community.
The University of Denver is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex (gender), including sexual misconduct, sexual assault, relationship (dating and domestic) violence and stalking. We provide resources and reporting options to students, faculty and staff to address concerns related to sexual harassment and sexual violence prohibited by Title IX and University policy.
We expect all of our employees to fully understand and support this commitment, and this training will give you the tools to do so.
Note: You should have received an email from Canvas inviting you to the course as a student. This is correct . Please follow the link and complete the course. If you didn’t receive an email, or no longer have it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org