Title IX

Education and Training

Educating faculty,staff and students on identifying, preventing, responding to, and reporting sexual misconduct is critical in order to prevent and to reduce the impact of sexual violence. To that end, the University provides many educational opportunities.

Title IX Trainings

Responsible Employee Training

University of Pittsburgh's new Sexual Misconduct Policy & Procedure are now live!  Join the Title IX Office to learn more about the updates, with particular attention to the Responsible Employee expectation.

Available by request.

Understanding Title IX - In-person and customized to audience

This training is designed to promote a common and consistent understanding and application of the University of Pittsburgh policies, standards, and processes with regard to Title IX. The training facilitator will address required timeliness all potential responders must adhere to upon becoming aware of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, and harassment. The trainings can be tailored to best fit the audience, providing information and scenarios participants can relate to. This workshop can be designed to run in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute time frames.

The goal is that participants will gain an enhanced awareness of the various forms of harassment, sexual misconduct and domestic violence. This training is also provided to all staff and faculty twice a year through the Faculty and Staff Development Program (FSDP). 

Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence: Title IX, VAWA and the Clery Act for Faculty and Staff — Online

Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence outlines key federal statutes and regulations related to gender discrimination, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence in an academic environment. The module provides faculty and staff with information regarding their rights to safety, dignity, and respect and clearly outlines reporting obligations. This training can be accessed by all faculty and staff through the University portal.

Special Training on Request  

The Title IX Office, part of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, offers and/or coordinates Title IX training for Pitt students, staff, and faculty in a variety of settings including in-person and online programs. We can customize training for a variety of audiences and needs, including graduate student training, sexual harassment training for faculty and staff, and a number of other options. Please contact us at 412-648-7860 or e-mail titleixcoordinator@pitt.edu to discuss department needs.

Trainings and Programs Offered by Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Is That Really Harassment?

The training explores the negative consequences of harassment, covering such topics as age, race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, pregnancy, ethnicity, and sexual harassment. Participants will learn the definition of harassing behavior and the various types of harassment through the use of personalized stories, legal and policy definitions, group activities, and discussion. Participants will also learn about relevant University policies and what to do if they are harassed.

Workplace Bullying

The training is a common site of interpersonal conflict. Some conflict is a natural outgrowth of interpersonal differences; other conflict is a result of repeated behavior meant to intimidate, degrade, or offend others. Workplace bullying creates feelings of defenselessness and robs individuals of their right to respect and dignity at work. This training will define bullying behavior, its causes and effects, and resources available to those who experience it.

Trainings and Programs Offered by Campus Partners

Allies Network Training

The Allies Network is designed to improve visibility and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, allied, and asexual (LGBTQIA) members of the University community. This training program, hosted by Cross Cultural and Leadership Development, Office of Student Affairs, includes information that will help participants increase their knowledge of and sensitivity to LGBTQIA issues.

Self-Defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange (SAFE)

SAFE is a crime-victim prevention and awareness program sponsored by the National Self-Defense Institute, Inc. This program teaches students a variety of self-defense tactics and options if confronted by an attacker. Residence Officer Program provides an opportunity for the Pitt Police and the students to work together in a non-confrontational setting

Classes are held at the Petersen Events Center's Baierl multipurpose room. Please contact Officer Camp to register by e-mailing HLC33@pitt.edu.  Learn more about SAFE classes.

Trainings and Programs Offered by Community Partners

Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

The Women’s Center and Shelter addresses issues experienced by individuals whose lives are affected by domestic violence. Topics addressed during this training include: confidentiality, impact of domestic violence, safety planning, active listening, crisis intervention, and the legal system as it pertains to domestic violence.

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape

PAAR continuously works to respond, educate, and advocate to end sexual violence. Topics addressed during this training include: benefits of a coordinated response to sexual violence, the role of an advocate on campus, understanding victim responses to trauma, identifying barriers to disclosure, considerations for communicating with victims, and compassion fatigue for staff.

Four Year Educational Sessions

The University of Pittsburgh continues its commitment to educate our community on the benefits of learning and working in a diverse and inclusive environment.  The University is proud of all of the steps that its community takes to foster an inclusive and diverse learning environment. If you have any questions about the educational options, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion or the Office of Human Resources, Labor and Employee Relations. Visit the ODI's website for FAQs regarding the education and training roll out https://www.diversity.pitt.edu/education-training/education-rollout