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MSSU Trains Faculty, Staff and Students on Title IX Sexual Misconduct Rules

   MSSU ramps up training about Title IX. 

  The federal rules about equality don't just apply to guaranteeing girls  sports anymore.

Lynn Corvick, MSSU'S Director of Nursing, begins a conversation with   students about  upcoming training on  Title nine.

“It's not your grandfather's  Title IX. That sexual part being equal in sports. It's taken that sexual part one step farther and making sure women are not discriminated against in the educational  arena ."

Faculty and staff received presentations from an expert earlier this month.

MSSU Vice President of Academic Affairs Darren Fullerton says,  "We broke it down into simple steps.  If you even hear of an incident  it's not your job to get the facts.  It's your job to report it and let the authorities and  university administration investigate it."

 Students will soon get the messages about what qualifies as  sexual misconduct in a power point style program.

Fullerton says training  spells out sexual assault, harassment and misconduct.  And students who may have tallied it up to typical frat party activity are encouraged to file reports. 

Fullerton says, “MSSU being a commuter campus, most of those behaviors will occur off campus. So we try to educate those students and make sure  we're doing outreach to them. Just because something happens off campus doesn't mean  it's not gonna be something you're held accountable for on campus."

The university bases its decision on a preponderance of the evidence and a violation of Title IX could lead to  probation or  suspension something that surprised some students.

Haden Walker says,  "I pay for  school myself and to actually get suspended from school for saying something I didn't really mean  in a derogatory way.  i just think it shouldn't  be.  Guys will be guys and we  say things we don't  mean it in a way we actually say."

He and others  look forward to the training.

Freshman Meggie Minor says, "A lot of people put in that situation don't know  really what to do. So I think training for that would be really good."

Title IX training is federally mandated and will happen each year.

 Group sessions were conducted in the fall at residence halls and for greek organizations.

  A university that doesn't take reports seriously can be in danger of losing federal funding.

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