Online Training for Faculty and Staff
The University of St. Thomas is committed to promoting and protecting the personal dignity and well-being of every member of our community. Historically, staff and faculty have received training related to interpersonal violence and prevention during new staff or new faculty orientation. In an effort to bolster our training and ensure we are reaching as many members of our community as possible, we are rolling out a new online program for all employees. Beginning February 5, 2018, all St. Thomas employees are required to participate in an online interpersonal violence awareness and prevention program every two years. For employees who are new after that date, they are required to complete the training within the first five days of employment, and once every two years thereafter. This is one of the many ways St. Thomas works towards a safer environment for all our community members.
This video-based program will provide information about how to support someone who’s experienced sexual assault, dating violence or stalking, as well as ways you can intervene in high-risk situations to help keep people safe. This program will also cover the University of St. Thomas policies prohibiting sexual misconduct and resources employees can access should they encounter such a situation. We hope you will find this information useful and that it can serve as a starting point for discussion within and beyond our community.
FAQs about training:
All University of St. Thomas employees are required to complete the training within the first 5 days of employment, and then every two years thereafter. If you have questions about whether you are required to take this training, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Danielle Hermanny, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employees will receive an email from 'Student Success' with instructions about accessing the training, either at program kick off on February 5, 2018, or upon becoming a new employee at St. Thomas. Those instructions are as follows:
- Log into your OneStThomas account.
- Click on ‘Apps & Tools’ at the top of the page.
- Then click the Required Sexual Misconduct Training link.
Training must be completed within five days of beginning employment, and every two years thereafter. Training was initially rolled out in February 2018; for the bulk of University employees, they can expect to receive a reminder to complete training in the even years (ex. 2020, 2022, etc.) following. The email inviting employees to take the training will indicate an initial deadline. Employees will receive reminders if they fail to complete the training within the identified time, and supervisors may be contacted for continued failure to complete the training.
Failure to complete the training will result in communication to an employee's supervisor.
The program will take approximately 60 minutes to complete, including the pre- and post-test evaluation. Employees will need to achieve a score of 85% to complete the training. The training may take longer than 60 minutes, given the expectation that employees review University policy and processes as part of the overall training. However, you can always begin the training and return to it at a later point if you are not able to complete the training during a single sitting. What is most important is that you are attentive and engaged throughout the time spent completing the training.
Yes. You will be able to use the same link through OneStThomas to re-enter the program to complete it in several sittings without having to start over. The program will automatically save your progress each time you complete a video module and when you click on the "Apps & Tools tab." To save your progress in the middle of video module, be sure to click "logout" before leaving the program.
Yes. All the answers to your pre- and post-test questions are completely confidential and not connected to your name or St. Thomas ID.
The University of St. Thomas is committed to an educational environment that is free from sexual misconduct as well as promoting and protecting the personal dignity and well-being of every member of our community. This training will provide our employees with resources on how to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct they see, experience, or are told about in our community. Additionally and with few exceptions, employees are responsible employees who are required to report incidents of sexual misconduct that they become aware of to the Title IX Coordinator, and this training provides additional information about that obligation.
Completion of the online training program is required once every two years. Additional in-person trainings are available periodically in the intervening years, and employees are encouraged to take opportunities available to them to attend.
No. If you are a University of St. Thomas employee who is also enrolled in courses as a student at St. Thomas, you will only be required to take the employee version of the training.
Yes. We understand that for a number of reasons individuals may have difficulties completing the training due to its content. While the training itself provides some remedies for this- such as allowing users to block video and sound during victim/survivor testimonies- we acknowledge this may not be sufficient for all individuals. As an alternative to the online training, you can request an in-person meeting. This meeting will cover University policies, reporting options and support resources and does not require you to disclose any personal information including whether or not you have experienced sexual misconduct or violence.
If you would like to request an exemption please contact the Title IX Coordinator at 651-962-6882 or email@example.com.