Students will not be able to register for classes for the next term until they have completed the course.
In response to new Title IX regulations from the US Department of Education, Linfield University is requiring all students on campus, from the McMinnville and Portland campuses, to complete online sexual misconduct prevention training. ‘by October 1.
Those who do not comply will not be able to register for the January and Spring term until the end of the course.
For decades, Linfield has used the Consent Awareness Training Squad (CATS) program to educate students about university policies. This program consists of a group of peer leaders who have been trained to effectively educate students about the underlying issues and knowledge about sexual assault. Students are required to participate in this program during their first semester at Linfield.
“The students get this training the first year, what if they don’t get it the rest of the years?” Linfield Dean of Students Jeff Mackay said in an interview with The Linfield Review. âHow do we educate students on this important topic? “
Linfield established a Sexual Misconduct Task Force in June 2020. This task force consisted of three faculty members, three students and administrators, as well as an external consultant from Title IX educators.
âThey were wonderful,â Mackay said. “With their help, we’ve put together a brand new Title IX, Sexual Misconduct & Relationship website.”
During this process, conversations about how to educate students about Title IX and the prevention of sexual misconduct were of great interest. Student concerns about sexual misconduct have also called for better education on this topic.
During the 2020-2021 school year, all Linfield employees were required to participate in online training on sexual harassment and misconduct. Only certain groups of students, such as athletes and resident assistants, were required to participate in similar training, while others were not.
âI am constantly looking for ways to improve all of our programs on campus. Whether it’s student activities, residence life or our sexual misconduct policies and procedures, âsaid Mackay. âIf we feel strongly as an institution [about sexual misconduct prevention], then we have to demand that all students participate in this training.
This particular course was tested by students over the summer and chosen because of its interactivity and the students’ ability to engage through user-controlled scenarios.
âIt puts students in situations they can find themselves in and allows them to develop some of the skills they need to be an active spectator,â Mackay said.
The course is available to all students on Blackboard as part of a course titled “Building a Safe and Caring Community – Training for All Students”. Taking this training on Blackboard gives the university the ability to see who has finished and who has not.
In mid-October, Mackay will send a last-ditch email to students who still haven’t completed the course. Those who still don’t comply will have their accounts on hold, meaning they won’t be able to register for January and Spring classes.
âWe’re serious,â Mackay said. “It’s important. To be a member of this community, it’s something the students have to do… And we will be working with the students throughout the process. I have the ability to quickly unblock students once. that they have finished.
The overarching goal of this training is to educate students on how to be an engaged and supportive member of the Linfield community, according to Mackay.
âI really hope this creates some kind of network of students who understand what an active and engaged spectator is and what they can do to help each other. When we do this I think we are all a better community for it. Mackay said. âI want the students to be educated. This is an important topic that all of our students should be educated about, not only while they are students at Linfield, but beyond. “