This week two independent messages were disseminated regarding mandatory training, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, to be completed by faculty, staff and trainees each calendar year (i.e., annually). There has been some confusion around the required compliance training in that both are referenced using Roman numerals, address protected characteristics, and use semantic words.
- The mandatory Title VI (Title 6) training announcement was disseminated by the University of Tennessee System covering all campuses and institutes, and compliance falls under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance in the delivery of federally-assisted services, aid, training, and benefits to the public. Training is accessible at kate.tennessee.edu using your NetID and password.
- The mandatory Title IX (Title 9) training announcement was disseminated by the Office of Equity and Diversity is campus-based covering UTHSC faculty, staff and trainees (i.e., residents, fellows; post docs), and compliance falls under the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX is a federal civil rights law that protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Training is accessible at https://blackboard.uthsc.edu under Title IX: Mandatory Reporter/Responsible Employee Role using your NetID and password.
Both mandatory trainings may be completed online as initially communicated via email utilizing the identified learning management mediums, and the respective required compliance trainings for the UT System and UTHSC share completion deadlines of Sunday, May 31, 2020.
Thanks for your consideration, and should you have additional questions contact the Office of Equity and Diversity at 901-448-2112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Alston, EdD
Assistant Vice Chancellor, CDO, and Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equity and Diversity