Training / Education
For departmental training sessions and/or customized programs, please contact us at AAEC_Training@niu.edu or 815-753-1118.
Title IX Training for NIU Employees (online)
Recently, Illinois passed the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act. To comply with this law, employees who are currently working must complete Title IX training within the window assigned:
May 16 – May 27: Faculty and SPS
May 31 – June 10: Extra Help and Civil Service
June 16 – June 24: Graduate Assistants
June 27 – July 8: Student Employees
Please consult the FAQ below before you begin the module.
To access the module view Title IX Awareness & Education instructions
Questions and suggestions may be directed to AAEC_Training@niu.edu
Title IX Training FAQ
Do I need any special software to participate in the training?
A computer, tablet, or mobile device with a modern web browser and a broadband Internet connection are required. The presentation has audio, so headphones may be desired.
I'm having problems accessing parts of the course, who do I contact?
For any access or technical issues, please contact DoIT support at firstname.lastname@example.org
I can't see the test, where do I find the test link?
To access the Title IX Test, you must first view the Title IX Presentation using either of the links in the Title IX Presentation section of the course. Once you have viewed the presentation and answered the embedded practice questions, the Title IX Test link will be available.
How do I know my test score?
Once you have answered the last question on the test, click the "Submit" button. The next page will indicate that you can review the test results by clicking the "OK" button in the lower right part of the screen. This will allow you to review your test submission. You may also review your test results at a later time by clicking the same test link in the Title IX Test section, clicking the "View All Attempts" button. Your score will be displayed. You can view the questions and answers by clicking on the score itself.
How do I know if I passed the training? How can I print my certificate?
Passing the training requires answering at least 8/10 of the test questions correctly. To access the test, you must view the presentation and answer the knowledge check questions in the presentation. Once you pass the test, you will receive an "Achievement" in the Title IX Test section of the training course. Click the "Achievements" link to view the Course Completion achievement, use the print icon to print a copy of your certificate.
I require accommodations to be able to participate in the training, are accommodations available?
Every effort has been made to make the training materials as accessible as possible. A transcript of the audio is included in the presentation materials and the software tools optimized for access by screen reader. If you have other needs for accommodation or if you need additional assistance, please contact AAEC_Training@niu.edu.
How do I know if I have to complete the training? When do I complete it?
Most people who have received notification and can access the training are required to complete the training in the specified time window. However, if a staff member does not work in the summer such as faculty without a summer assignment, graduate students without a summer assistantship, etc., they are not required to complete the training. Employees will not be able to access the training until their window opens and will not be able to access the training once the window closes.
How often will I need to complete Title IX Training?
Title IX training will be taken each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) regardless of whether an employee has taken the current module. Dates for the training will be announced each year. Title IX laws are changing at a fast pace and in order to be compliant, the current module will have to be updated in August, 2016
I forgot to take the training within my window, now Blackboard does not have the training listed.
At this time, once your assigned window has closed we are unable to reopen it. Title IX on-line training will take place each fiscal year, between July 1 and June 30. You will receive a schedule for the next fiscal year when the training becomes available and you will take it at that time.
What happens if I am unable to take the training?
Title IX training will be required each year. When the training is offered next year, departments will be advised of who has not taken the test within the next assigned window. At that time, supervisors will be required to ensure their staff have Title IX training.
ADA Reasonable Accommodations
Under federal and state laws and University policies this training explores the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how an employee can apply for a reasonable accommodation. This session provides education and promotes awareness regarding individuals with disabilities in the workplace.
We will discuss methods of preventing discrimination, the University complaint procedures, and the role of the ADA Coordinator.
Search Procedure Training: Recruiting Faculty and Staff at NIU
An interactive workshop will cover strategies and best practices for recruiting a diverse qualified applicant pool. Participants will receive sample forms and templates for conducting an efficient and successful search. This session will cover everything from interview guidelines, posting the advertisement, completing the Part II, Civil Service Hiring Record, and utilizing technology to conduct a search. Employees who process the hiring paperwork, participate on search committees, chair search committees, and/or serve as the hiring official for the search process will find this training most helpful.
Campus Support Services
In partnership with the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and Human Resource Services, AAEC will host a panel discussion regarding the diverse campus resources that are available to assist with the effects of discrimination and/or harassment and will include representatives from:
- Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance (AAEC)
- The Office of the Ombudsperson
- Disability Resource Center (DRC)
- Student Conduct
- Counseling and Consultation Services
- Employee Assistance Program
In some instances individuals may wish to explore alternative options to the Affirmative Action complaint process and seek Confidential Counseling service at the university on how to cope with the effects of discrimination and /or harassment.
Corrective Action/Employee Discipline
This training provides guidelines, resources, and best practices for addressing performance issues. It is important for individuals in a supervisory role to understand that labor unions have contracts that include rigid procedures for taking disciplinary and corrective action. This session will give the basic tools for working within such policies and contractual agreements.
Non-Discrimination/Harassment Policy and Compliant Procedures
The Non-Discrimination/Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedure training for Employees & Students is designed to provide information on developing policies and procedures that protect the legitimate rights of NIU employees and students as derived from applicable state and federal laws. This training reinforces the position of the university that discrimination/harassment are not tolerated in any form. In addition, customized training on various areas of diversity is also performed.
Leadership Guide on How to Address Employee Complaints Regarding Discrimination
Supervisors are held to a high standard to ensure employees understand the University policy, procedure, or regulation on Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation in the workplace. This workshop will provide practical application to assist with employee inquiries as it relates to what constitutes harassment and discrimination, addressing allegations, and filing a complaint.
Social Media Issues in the Workplace
Technology is rapidly changing the way we conduct business, and social media has become the dominant form of communication globally. Over one million users communicate through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google. This workshop will provide an overview of current issues regarding the use of social media in the workplace such as privacy and employee discipline. A review of NIU’s policy on appropriate use of social media in the workplace, and acceptable and unacceptable use of NIU computers will also be explored.
Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy Training
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment which includes sexual violence is a form of sex discrimination. NIU is committed to providing an environment free from all forms of discrimination including sexual harassment.
Some may have preconceived ideas about what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace. In today’s society there is no room for doubt and employees need to know what behavior constitutes as sexual harassment. By engaging in a series of thoughtful discussions and exercises, this workshop will explore the State, Federal law, and NIU policy regarding sexual harassment, identify the types of sexual harassment, and provide precautionary measures on how to avoid misunderstandings and accusations of sexual harassment in the workplace.
A practical guide to identifying and eliminating workplace bullying. Thirty three percent (33%) of Americans report being bullied at work. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, workplace bullying is “the repeated mistreatment of one or more employees by one or more perpetrators through behavior such as verbal abuse, threatening/humiliating/intimidating conduct; and/or work interference or sabotage.” This workshop will define workplace bullying, the causes and effect of bullying, and will provide resources available to those who may have experienced bullying in the workplace and those supervisors who may have confronted bullying among their employees.