Madison, WI (PRWEB) August 22, 2014
Magna Publications recently announced the release of two Title IX online courses focused on the April 29 guidelines issued by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Information on “Title IX for Students: What You Need to Know” and “Title IX for Faculty: Your Role in Helping Students” can be found at magnapubs.com/courses.
On April 29, the White House released “Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.” On the same day, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued “Questions and Answers on Title IX Sexual Violence,” which the Department says should be taken as a “significant guidance document.” Building off these recent guidelines, Peter F. Lake, Charles A. Dana chair and director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law, developed two Title IX Magna Online Courses, “Title IX for Students: What You Need to Know” and “Title IX for Faculty: Your Role in Helping Students,” to account for the changes to university accountability under the Title IX law.
“I think we’ve taken this great step forward,” Lake said of the recent Title IX guidance. “[Universities and colleges are] starting to realize that there are interconnected educational goals, and that we’re fighting a common battle and addressing multiple issues simultaneously. Title IX does not exist in a vacuum.”
“Using educational tools and integrating Title IX into our educational missions give us the greatest chance of complying with the spirit of Title IX,” he added.
“Title IX for Students: What You Need to Know” is aimed at providing students with the critical information on Title IX and sexual harassment they need, not only to fulfill the federal mandate, but also in case an incident should occur. Through a combination of video, written commentary, student discussion and a retention-affirming assessment, this course will enable students to:
• Understand what Title IX is and why it exists
• Summarize what is meant by sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence
and a hostile environment
• Understand diversity issues in Title IX, such as LGBTQ and disability issues
• Learn about the prevalence of sexual violence on campus
• Understand how sexual violence impacts victims.
• Define “consent” and “welcomeness”
• Understand how alcohol and drugs are used by predators to facilitate sexual violence
• Learn the basic rights of every student under Title IX
• Report incidents, and understand how Title IX protects against retaliation
“Title IX for Faculty: Your Role in Helping Students” focuses on faculty and staff development, providing professionals in higher education with the resources to better understand Title IX and learn what measures they can take to contribute to a positive culture of proactive compliance at their university. This content-rich course will give participants important insights about their responsibilities as members of the campus community as well as their role in fostering a culture of safety, respect and compliance with both the letter and spirit of the law. Through a combination of video and written commentary, the course will enable participants to:
• Understand the evolution of Title IX
• Articulate what is meant by sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, a
hostile environment and “responsible employees”
• Know when to contact a campus Title IX coordinator for questions or concerns
• Learn how to respond to a student who may have experienced sexual violence
• Appreciate the impact sexual violence has on victims, and the potential for re-victimization
• Explain to students:
o The available support services on and off campus, including confidential reporting
o A student’s right to file a complaint
o An employee’s potential obligation to report incidents
“Synthesizing the April 29 guidance with existing guidance and mandates from OCR, the Clery Act, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, and federal and state privacy laws will be something of a struggle, not only for individual campuses, but also for higher education as a whole, as well as the federal government itself,” Lake said. “We’re only in the first inning.”
For more information on “Title IX for Students: What You Need to Know” and “Title IX for Faculty: Your Role in Helping Students,” visit magnapubs.com/courses.
About Magna Publications
Founded in 1972, Magna Publications is dedicated to providing high-quality, research-based professional development resources to the higher education community. The company’s growing portfolio of newsletters, online seminars, online courses and in-person events represent some of the most trusted names in higher education, including The Teaching Professor, Online Classroom, Academic Leader, Distance Education Report, Recruitment and Retention in Higher Education, and Faculty Focus. The company is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Learn more at http://www.magnapubs.com/.