Hundreds of Ohio University employees this quarter have participated in Title IX workshops. But what have they gained by attending these sessions?
According to Laura Myers, interim director of the Office for Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator, the benefits are twofold. First, the training fulfills a mandate that all educational institutions that are recipients of federal funding inform employees about their rights and responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal civil rights statute designed to protect employees and students from gender discrimination.
Secondly, Myers says this education adds to a dialogue which may help build an atmosphere on campus that fosters inclusiveness and collegiality.
"We talk about the values of diversity," she said. "An important part of that discussion must be about creating an environment for all employees and students that is equitable and safe."
During the workshops, Myers explains what kinds of conduct are prohibited by Title IX and what an employee can expect if he or she becomes involved in the Title IX grievance process. She also reviews Ohio University’s policy on harassment and lets employees know that, as the university’s Title IX coordinator, they can approach her with any concerns related to gender discrimination.
"The primary goal of training is to prevent Title IX discrimination and to help individuals understand their rights and responsibilities," she said. "As employees, we each have some level of responsibility to respond to complaints of sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination."
Anyone with questions about Title IX can contact Myers at 740-593-2620 or email@example.com. Planning unit heads whose units have not yet received the mandatory training, or employees who cannot attend their own division’s scheduled session, can contact Abagail Webb at 740-593-2620 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a training time.