Training and Education
All University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) employees are required to complete Title IX awareness training each academic year. There are two online training courses available. To access an online training course, you will need your UMBID and password to login.
The 2013-2014 Title IX compliance and reporting period ended on July 31, 2014; and the new compliance and reporting period (2014-2015) is now in effect. Online training courses taken between August 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 will be included in the 2014-2015 compliance and reporting period.
Additional training and educational programs on UMB’s Title IX/sexual discrimination/sexual harassment/sexual violence policies and procedures for students and employees are offered by - and can be arranged through - the Office of Accountability and Compliance (OAC).
To inquire about training and educational programs, please email OAC or call 410-706-1850.
Online Option A: New! Access the required Title IX course on the Web!
Online Option B: Access the required Title IX course in UMB eLearning
Login to the eLearning application using your UMID and password.
You may be required to update your version of Java and asked to run an application. Select "Run"
Click on My Plan and select the Title IX for Higher Education course.
On the Course Overview page, launch the course by clicking on the blue triangle under the course title: Title IX for Higher Education.
The course will launch in a separate window.
Pop up blockers must be turned off in order for the course to begin.
Be sure to take and pass the required course assessment so that your completion is recorded.
NOTE: If you also need to take the Sexual Harassment Awareness course, which is required once every two years, return to My Plan and repeat Steps 2-4 for that course.
1Please note: It is suggested that you have the most recent version of Java with security settings set at MEDIUM to properly access UMB eLearning. It is also helpful to disable your popup blocker or add an exclusion for *.skillport.com. Please update your software and security settings prior to logging in to UMB eLearning. If you experience problems with viewing courseware, please contact your IT support.
Frequently Asked Questions - Title IX Employee Training
(last revised June 3, 2014)
1. What is the difference between Title IX and Sexual Harassment Awareness training?
Title IX, which prohibits sexual harassment of students, is a federal law, and compliance with this law is required for all educational institutions (kindergarten through higher education). The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has indicated that failure to comply with Title IX can have serious repercussions for institutions, including loss of federal funding, and has sanctioned schools nationwide for failing to meet the standards under Title IX. This University is especially connected to this issue – University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students were instrumental in influencing the recent White House recommendations to protect students from sexual assault, which is a form of sexual discrimination prohibited under Title IX.
Sexual harassment of employees is prohibited under another federal law, Title VII, which prohibits discrimination against employees on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Sexual harassment awareness training is required every two years for all UMB employees.
2. Who is required to take the Title IX for Higher Education course?
All UMB employees must take Title IX training. This includes anyone on the UMB payroll, such as graduate students, postdocs, hourly, and student workers. Currently, residents who are employed through University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), and any employees of Faculty Physicians Inc. (FPI), are not included in UMB’s license for this electronic course. However, UMMS and FPI can arrange for in-person training through the Office of Accountability and Compliance (OAC).
3. I attended an in-person session with OAC/Roger Ward in 2013-2014. Do I have to take the Title IX for Higher Education online course now?
Employees who attended an in-person Title IX employee-training session presented by Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MPA, chief accountability officer and vice president for academic affairs, or his office during the 2013-2014 academic year and signed an attendance sheet do not have to take the online course at this time. However, Title IX training is an annual event, and you will need to take the course during each academic year beginning with 2014-2015. Employees should review and become familiar with the updated policy. We also highly recommend that all employees login to eLearning to confirm that (a) you have access to the eLearning portal and courses, and that (b) you are in compliance with the sexual harassment awareness training requirement.
4. I can’t login to eLearning. What should I do?
Before accessing eLearning, please update to the most recent version of Java and then configure your Java security setting to “Medium” security to allow the eLearning course to run. Also, please disable your pop-up blocker before you begin any course in the eLearning system.
If you continue to have trouble, email eLearning@umaryland.edu with a detailed description of your issue (e.g., description of screen, error message, etc.).
5. Who will track completion of the courses?
The eLearning system retains completion information, which can be obtained upon request. Human Resource Services (HRS) and OAC will maintain tracking information and will provide reports to supervisors, as requested. Employees are strongly encouraged to confirm the accuracy of their online course completion under the “My Progress” tab.
6. Will supervisors be notified about employees who have not taken the training?
Supervisors are not required to keep track of their employees’ Title IX training statuses. However, if a supervisor would like to verify completion by their employees, OAC can print a report upon request. We ask supervisors to encourage their employees to sign in to eLearning. The online training has been assigned to all employees as part of their eLearning profile. Reminders will be sent directly from eLearning to any employee who has not completed the training.
7. Why is OAC requiring this to be done in such a short time frame (less than 30 days)?
Given the weight of this matter, and the potential effect of noncompliance on our students and the University as a whole, it is imperative that UMB comply with both Title IX and Title VII requirements as soon as possible. OAC believes that four weeks is enough time for employees to complete both training courses, but realizes some employees may not be able to do so. Supervisors can request reports of incomplete training from HRS; OAC will handle those issues on a case-by-case basis.
8. Before this training, I had not heard much about UMB training/education on Title IX. Is this new?
OAC has been meeting with schools and departments since April 2013 regarding Title IX training and the upcoming all-staff electronic training. In 2013, OAC presented in-person Title IX training at the deans and vice presidents meeting; at the law school’s faculty council meeting; and at the all-employee/staff meetings for the schools of nursing, social work, and pharmacy, and for URecFit. In 2014, OAC presented Title IX training to employees of the counseling center and student health.
9. Why is OAC requiring this training when the entire University community doesn't require all faculty and staff to have a UMB email address? Many people will not see the email.
Title IX training is required by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) for all employees. Given the large number of UMB employees, online training is the best method to reach the majority of the University community.
The eLearning system requires the username and password that employees use to enter their timesheets. We understand that some employees do not complete timesheets through myUMB, and are unfamiliar with the portal and the mechanism for logging in. Please contact eLearning@umaryland.edu to address those concerns.
Supervisors should communicate this message to any staff without UMB email addresses in the same way other communications are sent to those staff members. OAC can provide informational fliers for any units that may have this issue. Please contact TitleIXCompliance@umaryland.edu.
10. What are the ramifications/consequences of not complying? Are supervisors held accountable for their employees completing the training?
The Department of Education can withhold federal funding from any institution that doesn’t comply with Title IX. Since 2001, the Department of Education has issued guidance to schools with steps to follow in order to comply with Title IX; one such step is Title IX training for all employees.
Every UMB employee must take this training. While the intention is not to single individual employees out, the failure of any one UMB employee/department/lab/unit to comply means the University, as a whole, is noncompliant and could lose federal funding.
Supervisors should help lead the push for compliance by their employees. However, there is no structure in place to discipline supervisors nor has there been any discussion about such discipline.
11. What do I do after I’ve completed the training?
Your online training information is stored in eLearning for UMB’s records – you do not need to send confirmation of completion to OAC.
If you would like to save or print proof of completion for your own records, select “Test Score Report” within each eLearning course. Once you have exited the course, you can either go back to each course to obtain your score report, or you can confirm completion of all courses by going to the “My Progress” tab.
From the “My Progress” tab, you will see the courses you have completed within the last 90 days. You can change the date range to see training you have completed outside that 90-day period.