Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training

Required Sexual Misconduct Reporting Obligations Training for Employees

All full-time and part-time employees must complete sexual misconduct (Title IX) reporting obligations training within 60 days of when they are a new employee and then again every year. The training's content is based on an employee's designation as either a reporting employee, designated confidential resource, or resource connection employee. 

The sexual misconduct (Title IX) reporting obligations trainings empower employees to become a leader in prevention by teaching them how to recognize and address sexual misconduct, their obligations related to sexual misconduct behaviors, university and community support resources, and bystander intervention skills. 

Required Training Types

  • Designated Confidential Resource: professional counselors, non-professional counselors, and advocates
  • Reporting Employee: employees who have the authority to institute corrective measures regarding incidents of sexual misconduct, Campus Security Authorities, resident assistants, and supervisors
  • Resource Connection Employee: full-time and part-time employees who are not designated confidential resources or reporting employees and have been designated as a resource connection employee
  • Faculty members and adjunct instructors: required to participate in a separate faculty member/instructor-specific training about their obligations

Full-time and part-time employees can look up their sexual misconduct reporting designation at the employee sexual misconduct reporting obligations webpage.

Under USU's interim sexual misconduct policies, many student employees are not required to participate in an annual sexual misconduct training. Examples of student employees who are required to participate in a training include resident assistants, graduate teaching and research assistants, A-Team members, and Connections peer mentors. Student employees who are required to participate in the training are included in the sexual misconduct reporting designation lists on the employee sexual misconduct reporting obligations webpage.

AY 2021-2022 Schedule

To fulfill the employee sexual misconduct reporting obligations training requirement, employees at the Blanding, Eastern, and Logan campuses will need to attend an in-person training. Employees at the Statewide Campuses will need to attend a "live" training via Zoom.

The 2021-2022 employee training schedule will be available in the Adobe ILS after July 1, 2021. 

RSVP for Required Sexual Misconduct Reporting Obligations Trainings

RSVP instructions for the 2021-2022 employee sexual misconduct reporting obligations trainings will be emailed to supervisors and applicable employees after July 1, 2021. 

All employees who need to participate in a training will be automatically enrolled in their respective reporting designation's training "track" within the Adobe ILS and will then need to RSVP for the specific training session that works for their schedule. View the sexual misconduct (Title IX) ILS session RSVP guide.

Questions about the RSVP process and required employee sexual misconduct reporting obligations trainings can be directed to the Office of Equity's Prevention Team at prevention@usu.edu

Units can request a sexual misconduct training for their student employees who are not required to participate by emailing prevention@usu.edu

Additional Employee Training Topics

In addition to the above required trainings, the Office of Equity staff provide trainings on other discrimination and sexual misconduct topics. If you would like to request one of these trainings for your team, office, or department, please fill out the additional employee training topics request form at the bottom of the page to schedule it.

Bystander Intervention

Upstanding” is a bystander intervention approach for the prevention of a variety of problematic situations. The purpose of the Upstanding training is to prepare members of the USU campus community with the skills and knowledge needed to safely and effectively intervene when they sense a threat or potential harm to another.

Request this program at upstander.usu.edu

Discrimination

The Office of Equity’s “Discrimination and Protected Classes Overview” training is interactive and focuses on strategies for creating an equitable workplace and how to navigate discriminatory conduct. The training additionally reviews the university’s anti-discrimination policies, including the definitions of discrimination and protected classes, as well as how to report discriminatory conduct to the university.

Utah State University’s Principles of Community (diversity, human dignity, and social responsibility) embody what it means to have a welcoming campus for all members of the institution. One way that USU faculty and staff can implement the Principles of Community is through engaging in behaviors that include others and are considerate of personal biases. The Office of Equity’s “Creating a Welcoming Campus Environment: Inclusion and Implicit Bias” presentation is a 60-minute, interactive program that will equip faculty and staff with the tools to recognize and overcome personal biases and address biases in others. The program incorporates large and small group discussions and personal reflection questions.

The Office of Equity’s “Affecting Systemic Change: Implicit Bias and Inclusion” presentation is a follow-up to the "Creating a Welcoming Campus Environment: Inclusion and Implicit Bias" presentation. Part two is a 60-minute, interactive program that will equip faculty and staff with the tools to recognize and overcome systemic and workplace biases. The presentation builds upon the content from part one by again incorporating large and small group discussions and personal reflection questions.

The Office of Equity’s “Conducting a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Informed Search” training will help hiring and search committees understand the ways in which they can limit bias during the hiring and search processes by incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion principles. It is an interactive training that focuses on the various aspects of the processes (i.e. from establishing group operating procedures to evaluating candidate interviews) and can be tailored to the needs of the individual hiring or search committee.

The Office of Equity’s “Sex-based Discrimination” training is a version of the “Discrimination and Protected Classes Overview” training with a specific focus on biased and discriminatory conduct based on sex. It is interactive and includes strategies for navigating discriminatory conduct that is based on sex and how to create a workplace that is equitable for all sexes. The training additionally reviews the university’s anti-discrimination policies, including the definitions of discrimination and protected classes, as well as how to report discriminatory conduct to the university.

Employee Relationships

The Office of Equity’s “Boundaries and Effective Workplace Relationships” presentation is an interactive program that supports faculty and staff in developing and maintaining effective workplace relationships. Specific emphasis is placed on how boundary setting, conflict management, and effective workplace relationships can minimize sexual misconduct and discriminatory behaviors. The program includes large and small group discussions and personal reflection opportunities.

The Office of Equity’s “Power Dynamics” presentation is an interactive program that teaches faculty and staff how to recognize power dynamics within their workplace relationships, including amongst colleagues, supervisors/administrators, supervisees, and students. Specific emphasis is placed on how understanding power dynamics within relationships can minimize sexual misconduct and discriminatory behaviors. The program includes large and small group discussions and personal reflection opportunities.

Sexual Misconduct

The Office of Equity’s “Relationship Violence” presentation is an interactive program that teaches faculty and staff how to recognize relationship violence behaviors, why people engage in abusive behaviors, and why people stay in unhealthy and abusive relationships. Specific emphasis is placed on how relationship violence behaviors can show up in the workplace and how to help individuals who are experiencing relationship violence. The program includes large and small group discussions and personal reflection opportunities.

The Office of Equity’s “Sexual Assault” presentation is an interactive program that teaches faculty and staff about sexual assault behaviors, boundaries, and consent. Specific emphasis is placed on how sexual assault impacts individuals who experience it and how to help individuals who have experienced sexual assault. The program includes large and small group discussions and personal reflection opportunities.

The Office of Equity’s “Sexual Harassment” presentation is an interactive program that teaches faculty and staff how to recognize sexual harassment behaviors and why people engage in them. Specific emphasis is placed on how sexual harassment behaviors can show up in the workplace and how to help individuals who are experiencing sexual harassment. The program includes large and small group discussions and personal reflection opportunities.

The Office of Equity’s “Stalking” presentation is an interactive program that teaches faculty and staff how to recognize stalking behaviors and why people engage in them. Specific emphasis is placed on how stalking behaviors can show up in the workplace and how to help individuals who are experiencing stalking. The program includes large and small group discussions and personal reflection opportunities.

Additional Employee Training Topics Request Form

Please submit the Office of Equity employee training request form at least two weeks in advance of your requested date to allow time for scheduling a facilitator and venue, if applicable.

The trainings use PowerPoints with videos and sound, so if the training is taking place in-person, A/V equipment and a projector need to be made available at the location or laptop hook-ups should be provided for the facilitators.

All trainings include small group discussion activities. If the training is taking place via Zoom, individuals will be divided into breakout rooms for those activities.

Please provide three options for dates and times that would work for your group. This helps us schedule a facilitator and venue, if applicable.