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Compliance and Ethics

Compliance Courses



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Alcohol and Drugs for Students*
Date Course Available:  TBD
Duration:  30 to 45 minutes
Recall basic definitions of commonly used terms
Distinguish between drug and alcohol facts and myths
Describe how various drugs affect the body
Understand laws regarding substance abuse

* This is in addition to the Alcohol and Drugs module Freshmen and Transfer students receive as part of UNV100. 

Title IX Preventing Sexual Misconduct for Students** 
Date Course Available:  01/15/2020
Duration:  30 minutes
Identify which types of behaviors constitute sexual misconduct
Learn practical information on how to respond and prevent misconduct, including bystander intervention aimed at helping to create and maintain a safe and respectful learning environment

** assigned to Freshmen and Transfer students



In addition to federal and state laws, USM also has institutional training requirements as listed below: As an institution, USM requires that all benefit-eligible faculty and staff and all affiliates and adjuncts complete online training in the areas listed below.  Unless a course indicates that it is assigned to a specific subgroup or is only available on request, the course is one that must be completed by all faculty, staff (including non-benefit eligible individuals), adjuncts and affiliates.

Courses will be released based on the schedule listed below. 


Alcohol and Drugs
Duration:  30 to 45 minutes
Course Release Date:  TBD


  • Recall basic definitions of commonly used terms
  • Distinguish between drug and alcohol facts and myths
  • Describe how various drugs affect the body
  • Understand laws regarding substance abuse

Clery Act
Duration:  25 minutes
Course Release Date: 02/07/2020


  • Recall the history and purpose of The Clery Act
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of campus security authorities (CSA)
  • Learn the Clery Act requirements for higher education institutions
  • Discuss the procedures for receiving and reporting crime information

Child Abuse Awareness: Minors on Campus Edition
Duration: 1 hour
Course Release Date: After 02/07/2020 by request
Process for Requesting course: Email 


  • Identify the consequences of child abuse
  • Learn the definition of child abuse in Mississippi
  • Distinguish between the types of child abuse and their indicators/signs
  • Recognize your reporting obligations and to whom a report of suspected abuse needs to be made

Code of Conduct for Employees
Duration: 1 hour
Course Release Date: September 15, 2020


  • Learn about the purpose of the Code of Ethical Conduct
  • Review the components of the Code of Conduct
  • Identify the principles of ethical conduct and the behaviors that illustrate compliance with the Code
  • Distinguish situations that cause conflicts of interest
  • Understand both the employee and employer obligations
  • Discuss how to report ethical violations

Cybersecurity 101 [accessible via InfoSec]
Duration: 43 minutes
Course Release Date:  1/07/2020


  • Learn how to create a secure password
  • Understand how to avoid phishing 
  • Acquire the ability to identify and avoid malware
  • Determine how to browse the web safely
  • Describe data backup and recovery options
  • Discuss the security concerns related to the use of removable media
  • Recognize ways to prevent physical loss of data and equipment
    Identify mobile security best practices

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Traliant version)
Duration:  20 minutes
Course Release Date: 01/15/2020


  • Understand what FERPA is and to whom it applies
  • Identify student education records and how to protect them
  • Recognize the role and responsibilities of school employees and others
  • Delineate the rights of parents and students
  • Define key terms and concepts 

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act [accessible via InfoSec]
Duration:  8 minutes
Course Release Date:  01/07/2020 *assigned per request of Registrar's Office


  • Determine who is impacted by FERPA
  • Delineate what needs to be documented when a FERPA request is made
  • Describe the rights available under FERPA to parents and students 

Preventing Discrimination and Harassment for Employees
Duration: 1 hour
Course Release Date: TBD

  • Identify the protected categories
  • Understand the consequences of discrimination and harassment
  • Describe the behaviors that lead to a hostile environment
    Recognize unconscious biases

Privacy and European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) [accessible via InfoSec]
Duration:  16 minutes
Course Release Date:  01/15/20


  • Understand what privacy means in the context of information security in the European Union
  • Learn the requirements of the European Union data protection regulation
  • Determine what information is considered personal data
  • Recognize what you can do to protect data

Title IX Preventing Sexual Misconduct for Faculty and Staff-Responsible Employee Edition
Duration: 40 minutes
Course Release Date:  11/15/2019


  • Understand the concept of sexual misconduct
  • Describe the rights and responsibilities of faculty and staff under Title IX as responsible employees
  • Identify how other discrimination and harassment focused laws such as Title VII, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 function

Workplace Diversity, Inclusion and Sensitivity
Duration:  25 minutes
Course Release Date:  TBD


  • Understand how a diverse and inclusive workforce benefit everyone
  • Determine how to increase awareness of unconscious bias and avoid its negative influence on recruiting, hiring, and other business decisions
  • Identify how civility, cultural competence, and sensitivity help prevent workplace misconduct
  • Recognize how positive attitudes and behaviors can lead to a more inclusive environment
  • Financial Conflict of Interest courses will be hosted in a Canvas module. Look for additional information directly for Research Integrity.



Campus Security Authorities-Clery Act 

Training for specific personnel who are designed as campus security authorities.

Financial Conflict of Interest Courses- accessible via Canvas. Contact Samuel.BrutonFREEMississippi for access.

Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosure Instructions- All full-time faculty must complete this training and fill out their disclosure on an annual basis and as changes in circumstances warranting disclosure occur.

Learning about USM’s Financial Conflict of Interest Policy-Learning About USM’s Financial Conflict of Interest Policy course-Those conducting research may be required by their sponsoring grantor to complete the course  

Minors on Campus Training

Child Abuse Awareness (aka Minors on Campus Training) must be completed by all those working at a USM run camp or at a camp conducted at USM facilities whose role involves supervision of minors. Please email complianceFREEMississippi for access.