USM developing online Title IX training course

USM developing online Title IX training course

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi has developed a new online program to help educate students and employees about sexual misconduct, bullying and other related issues.

It is part of enhanced Title IX requirements from the federal government and all students, staff and faculty are required to take the training courses. In-person training will be provided to those who don't have access to the internet.

The program is scheduled to roll out by September 1.

Also last February, USM created a separate Title IX office.

"The training is designed to educate our faculty, staff as to what to look for, number one, in recognizing these kinds of behaviors, and secondly, how to deal with them, and thirdly, what are the consequences if you fail to adhere to the requirements of the training," said Paul Walters, director of compliance and ethics for Southern Miss.

"What Title IX says is that you cannot be treated differently because of your sex, your gender and the federal government in recent years has greatly clarified and expanded its definition of what those protections include," said Becky Malley, Title IX coordinator for USM.

Title IX was originally established in 1972 to protect students from discrimination and harassment at schools receiving financial assistance from the federal government.