Is the mandatory Title IX training as it currently stands at Elmhurst College effective?
The recent protest in front of Irion Hall demanded that Title IX training be updated to create firmer consequences for those who do not complete it. In order to effectively stand with survivors, the school needs to reform our system of Title IX training.
At the student level, we are told it is required for us to take it every year. Faculty are also required to take it annually. However, while this training is mandatory, many students admit to not having taken it. There is no reprimand beyond pestering emails and reminders from R.A.’s; there are no consequences for faculty or students for not completing the training.
Transfer students have also revealed that there is some uncertainty as to whether or not they have to take it, and some have never even heard of it.
What we have an issue with is not the content of the training, but with the ambiguity that surrounds it. If mandatory Title IX training is effective, EC would not be an example of that simply because we struggle with getting people the training in the first place.
The Leader calls on the school to reform our Title IX training to have stricter and more clear consequences for incompletion.
The Dean of Faculty has contemplated creating a task force to search alternative methods of the online Title IX training. We endorse this idea of the Title IX task force.
Since the protest outside of Irion Hall, the Dean of Faculty and the head of the music department have also met with the organizers and discussed the demands for moving forward. At the most recent all-faculty meeting, the Dean of Faculty encouraged department heads to ensure their department is completing the training.
It is necessary to admit that the school is acting in favor of the students. However, it is appropriate to question the motivation of the school and the effectiveness of their actions.
Whether Title IX training is effective or not should not be a question asked only when the issue has pushed students to a breaking point and not a question that should fall on students in the first place.
We support survivors and call on the college to do the same. The school should be challenged to step up and do the bare minimum. If mandatory Title IX training is the answer, then the school needs to prove it or move on to an option that does not force students to call meetings and for policy that EC simply should have been doing on its own in the first place.