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Every educational institution wants to foster a welcoming, supportive environment for its students. Gender equity is at the heart of a progressive culture in higher education. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is a landmark civil rights law prohibiting discrimination in education programs and activities that receive federal funding. Sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as the failure to provide equal opportunity in educational and co-curricular programs including athletics are prohibited by the legislation. This course is designed for all members of the campus community who have a responsibility in helping their school develop and maintain a respectful environment. It will provide awareness-level training on avoiding, identifying, and reporting sex discrimination and sexual harassment (including sexual violence), and on complying with Title IX and the Department of Education’s Title IX Final Rule (2020). This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Law Group of the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.
Members of the campus community including faculty, staff, coaches, athletic staff, health center staff, counseling center staff, residence hall staff, security personnel, and student-employees who require general awareness level training. This course is not targeted to Title IX coordinators, high-level administrators, or campus police.