Update on Title IX Training

One week into our efforts to train students and employees on our rights and responsibilities under Title IX, some 700 members of the Middle Georgia State University community (nearly 240 faculty and staff, and nearly 460 students) have either completed, begun, or registered for EverFi’s Haven, AlcoholEdu, and/or Haven for Employees.

All faculty and staff, new students (Freshmen, transfer, and dual-enrollment), residential students (including Georgia Academy), and student leaders (including Athletes, SGA, RAs, Torch Society, and all Student Assistants employed on campus) are required to complete the USG-provided online training this Fall.

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions so far.

From students:

  • I am a student. How do I register?  Detailed instructions are available here: Student Instructions.
  • I am not sure if I fall into any of the student groups required to complete this. Can I still take the training? Short answer: Absolutely! Follow the Student Instructions above and choose “Returning Undergraduate – Other” as your group.
  • I am registered for First Year Experience Seminar but don’t fall into any of the required groups.  Must I still take it?  Short answer: Yes – this is now part of our FYES curriculum. Follow the Student Instructions above and choose “Returning Undergraduate – Other” as your group.

From Faculty & Staff:

  • Who is a Responsible Employee and who is a Campus Security Authority? In a nutshell:
    • Responsible Employee (under Title IX) – all employees, except those whose roles require confidentiality, such as Professional Counselors
      • Has the authority to take action to redress harassment;
      • Has the duty to report sexual harassment or other misconduct; OR
      • Is someone an individual could reasonably believe has this authority or responsibility (this is why essentially all employees are Responsible Employees)
    • Campus Security Authority (under Clery Act) – approximately 20% of our faculty and staff
      • Is an official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities (including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings); AND
      • An official is defined as any person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the institution.
      • Are listed in our Annual Security Report (the next one will be published October 1, 2015).

    With respect to minors, our Minors Policy also applies.

    Moreover, our expectation is that Responsible Employees will:

    • Tell the victim that his/her wellbeing is the university’s first concern and that counseling services are available on Campus (victims would have privilege with a professional counselor, if the counselor is acting in that capacity, so confidentiality would be respected);
    • Tell the victim that MGA takes these incidents seriously and that employees will report the basic facts of an incident (namely the day/time/location where it allegedly occurred) to titleix@mga.edu (or to Campus Police if it’s an emergency), along with the names of the alleged victim and accused, or description of the accused if the person reporting the incident doesn’t know or want to reveal names (from there, the Title IX working group—which has been trained on coordinating and conducting investigations—would pursue further action as appropriate); and
    • Tell the victim that he/she may choose whether or not to press criminal charges, but MGA will adjudicate the matter (with the evidence available and with whatever witnesses, including the victim, are willing to share) through the appropriate university process (either HR, faculty conduct, or student conduct—depending on who the alleged perpetrator is) in order to keep the campus community safe.

If you have additional questions, please send them to titleix@mga.edu.