Annual Mandated Title IX Training

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The Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act requires higher education institutions to improve policies, procedures, provision of services, reporting of crimes and responses to sexual violence on campus. In addition, in November 2017, the state of Illinois passed Public Act 100-554 Section 5-10.5, which "requires each state officer, member and employee to complete, at least annually beginning in 2018, a sexual harassment training program. Annual compliance reports are required along with the names of individuals who fail to complete the training." To comply with these laws, Title IX training must be completed by all NIU students, faculty and staff annually.

These laws are meant to protect students, employees, and third-parties from all forms of sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct is one or more acts of sexual violence, (rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse), dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment or gender-based harassment or discrimination. Sexual harassment means any unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or any conduct of a sexual nature.

If you or someone you know has been subjected to this behavior, you should contact Sarah Garner, Title IX Coordinator at titleixcoordinator@niu.edu or file a report online.

Access Training

Training will be available during assigned dates for students and employees. To access training:

  1. Access Blackboard Learn
  2. Log in using your NIU Account
    • ID Z-ID for students (even if you are a student employee)
    • A-ID for employees
  3. Click on the Community tab
  4. Under My Organizations, select NIU Title IX Education and Awareness Training

To successfully complete training, you must score at least 80 percent on the final test. Access your completion certificate in the red box on the left sidebar. NIU employees and student workers must give a copy of the certificate to your supervisor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Course Related

What is Title IX?

Title IX is an education amendment from 1972 which states "no person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

The Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act went into effect August 1, 2016. The state of Illinois requires accountability from universities to improve policies, procedures, services, and campus-wide training on sexual misconduct.

Who is Ethics and Compliance Office or ECO?

The Ethics and Compliance Officeadministers the policies, procedures and laws that govern fairness, equality and related compliance for NIU which includes, affirmative action recruitment, Title IX compliance, ADA accommodations, and collective bargaining and contract administration for unions at NIU.

Do I really have to take the online training?

Yes, the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act mandates "primary prevention programming” which includes training, electronic communication, films, poster and flyer campaigns, and more,” to educate and communicate the prevalence of sexual violence. This training is for students, faculty and staff.

Who has to take the training this semester?

All NIU faculty, staff and students who entered NIU prior to the 2018-2019 academic year must take the training.

When will the training be available?

  • Students - dates to be determined
  • Faculty/staff - dates to be determined

What if I already had an in-person training this year?

The on-line training is another dose of education and information in addition to new employee, in-person training required within 30 days of hire. The in-person training provides an opportunity to ask questions and clarify requirements.

What if I took the on-line training last year?

The training is an annual mandate. NIU's fiscal year is from July 1 through June 30. Similar to ethics, you will take this training each year per Illinois law.

How will student's know they have to take the training?

  • An email notice along with an electronic copy of the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy and Complaint Procedures.
  • A notice through Blackboard
  • A memorandum via email.
  • Information is available in the NIU weekly announcements.
  • Reminder notices will be sent before the deadline.
  • University departments have been notified of the mandate.

How will employees know when they have to take the training?

  • An email will be sent a few weeks before the training is open.
  • A follow-up reminder will appear in the Monday announcement.
  • A reminder notice will be sent before the deadline.

Do employees have a separate module?

No, at this time the student and employee module is the same.

Who tracks completion?

Employers: An employer/department/dean should have all staff provide a copy of their completion certificate as part of their employee record.

All trainees will be tracked using the Blackboard system.

Will you let us know who has completed the training or not?

No, Blackboard is set up with student and employee names, not departments. Therefore, there is no way to check how many in a specific department or class have completed the training.

If you are not sure an employee has completed the training contact AAEC_Training@niu.edu.

What are the consequences if I do not take the training?

The training is a mandate from the state of Illinois. We will be tracking completion, which is a part of compliance. This will become a matter of record for students and employees.

What if I am a graduate or doctoral student and work for the university?

If you are considered a student (not a full-time employee), you are requested to take the training.

If you are considered an employee only, you are also required to take the training.

To confirm your status, log into Blackboard and look for NIU Title IX Education and Awareness Training under "My Organizations”.

I am an employee and a student, do I take the training twice?

No, you will either take the training as a student or an employee.

I received a notice about Title IX training, what do I do now?

  1. Access Blackboard Learn
  2. Log in using your NIU Account
    • ID Z-ID for students (even if you are a student employee)
    • A-ID for employees
  3. Click on the Community tab
  4. Under My Organizations, select NIU Title IX Education and Awareness Training

To successfully complete training, you must score at least 80 percent on the final test. Access your Completion Certificate in the red box on the left sidebar. NIU employees and student workers must give a copy of the certificate to your supervisor.

I can't find the training on my Blackboard. Does this mean I do not have to take it?

Email us at aaec_training@niu.edu.

I have questions that aren't answered. Where can I get more information?

Email us at AAEC_Training@niu.edu

Technology Related

I am a student worker/graduate assistant which ID number do I use?

You will use your student ID number, even if you are a student worker/graduate assistant.

Do I need any special software to participate in the training?

A computer, tablet, or mobile device with a modern web browser and a broadband Internet connection are required. The presentation has audio, so headphones may be desired.

I can't see the test. Where do I find the test link?

To access the Title IX Test, you must first view the Title IX Presentation using either of the links in the Title IX Presentation section of the course. Once you have viewed the presentation, the Title IX Test link will be available.

How do I know my test score?

Once you have answered the last question on the test, click the "Submit" button. The next page will indicate that you can review the test results by clicking the "OK" button in the lower-right part of the screen. This will allow you to review your test submission. You may also review your test results at a later time by clicking the same test link in the Title IX Test section, clicking the "view all attempts" button. Your score will be displayed. You can view the questions and answers by clicking on the score itself.

How do I know if I passed the training? How can I print my certificate?

Passing the training requires answering at least 8/10 of the test questions correctly. To access the test, you must view the presentation first. Once you pass the test, you will receive an "Achievement" for the Title IX Test section of the training course. Click the "Completion Certificate" link to view the Course Completion achievement, use the print icon to print a copy of your certificate.

I require accommodations to be able to participate in the training. Are accommodations available?

Every effort has been made to make the training materials as accessible as possible. A transcript of the audio is included in the presentation materials and the software tools optimized for access by screen reading software. If you have other needs for accommodation or if you need additional assistance, please contact AAEC_Training@niu.edu and we will be happy to address your needs.

I'm having problems accessing parts of the course. Who do I contact?

For any access or technical issues, please contact DoIT support at servicedesk@niu.edu