Online Compliance Training Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. WHO IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE COURSE(S) AND HOW OFTEN MUST COURSES BE COMPLETED?

All benefit eligible faculty, staff and student employees; and

all adjuncts and students. Faculty, staff, adjuncts and student employees complete all the compliance courses on the Compliance Course list annually, except those marked as optional, which are only completed if the individual falls into the group required to complete the courses.

Students must complete Student Empower Plus annually. 

Courses must be completed annually.

 

2. ACCESSING THE COURSE(S):

Option 1:  Complete Online Training Via: Select the Training Portal icon below.  To log in, use your CampusID and network password.

             Training Portal

Option 2: Request Instructor Led Training- please have your supervisor request this on your behalf.

3. GOAL OF COMPLIANCE TRAINING:

The overall goal of the compliance training being offered is to create a safer community in order to foster academic success by:

Increasing awareness of situations that can occur thereby decreasing the potential for those situations from arising, including but not limited to:

  • The circumstances that precede the occurrence of a situation;
  • The situations to avoid in order to decrease your risk of being involved in a situation; and
  • To ensure that if a situation arises available resources to help an individual is aware of the resources available to them (see webpage for resources- https://www.usm.edu/compliance-ethics/resources).

Your cooperation in completing the course is essential to the success of the program and achievement of the highlighted goals.   Thank you for helping us build a safer University community.

 

4. REQUIREMENT:

Please note the course is required, as it represents a component of The University’s Compliance and Ethics Program.  The Program represents an initiative aimed at increasing awareness of all benefit eligible faculty, staff, and student employees, all adjuncts and all students to compliance issue such as those contained in the course(s).  To communicate the requirement for completion, Dr. Bennett sent several emails to the Campus Community.  View the initial email here.

 

5. ANY EXCEPTIONS TO REQUIREMENT FOR STUDENT WORKERS TO COMPLETE ALL COMPLIANCE TRAINING:

If you are a student worker who is only working for the summer as an authorized adult/programs staff supervising minors in a camp, you are only required to take the Student Empower Plus Course and the Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention course.  The other courses that student workers take are for student workers working for at least one semester or more in other types of positions. 

 

If you are a high school student working at USM only for the summer, you are not required to complete the compliance courses, unless doing so is otherwise noted as an obligation relative to the position that you are functioning in while working at USM during the summer.

 

6. FEDERAL LAWS REQUIRING TRAINING:

  • Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000c) prohibits public school districts and colleges from discriminating against students on the basis of sex, among other bases. 
  •  Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance.
  •  Drug-Free  Schools  and  Communities  Act (DFSCA), as articulated in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations  (EDGAR) Part 86,1—the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations OD  Prevention  Program requires Institutions of Higher Education who are receiving Federal Funds or Financial assistance to develop  and  implement  a program  to  prevent  the  unlawful  possession,  use,  or distribution  of  illicit  drugs  and  alcohol  by  students and  employees.
 For a more detailed breakdown including internal policies for which training is provided, see the Laws and Policies Managing Compliance Training page

 

7. CONSEQUENCES OF FAILING TO PROVIDE TRAINING:

Federal Financial Aid is contingent upon complying with the training requirements set forth by each of the aforementioned laws.   

 

8. ENROLLMENT INTO COURSE(S):

Rather than randomly selecting students, all students were enrolled in the specific Student Empower Plus course, which contains surveys that allow Student Health Services to better serve you by using the data from the anonymous responses to create programming aimed at furthering overall awareness as to topics that need to be covered based on the responses. 

Moreover, all faculty, staff, student employees, and adjuncts were enrolled in separate courses within the compliance program.

9. NATURE OF ENROLLMENT:

All persons enrolled will remain enrolled as the rate of completion is computed based on the initial number enrolled, and the system will monitor whether they complete the assigned training or not.  An opt-out mechanism has not been established given the mandatory nature of the training.

10. TIMEFRAME FOR COMPLETION:

The course should be completed during the first 30 days after being enrolled.   If completing the course within this timeframe represents a problem, please just let us know. 

11. REMINDERS:

The system will automatically send out a reminder 14 days from the original enrollment date and 7 days thereafter until the course is completed or 20 notices have gone out, whichever occurs first. 

12. CONSEQUENCES OF LEARNERS NOT COMPLETING TRAINING:

In terms of consequences for failing to complete the course, please note The University is in the process of making a final determination of the impact.  However, other organizations have used information of non-completion to base decisions relative to the student and the student’s standing at the institution. 

 

13. CREDIT:

The courses carry no academic credit.

14. COST:

There is no cost for taking the courses.  These are offered for your benefit at The University's expense. 

15. QUESTIONS:

Should you have any further questions or concerns, please fill out the Compliance Training Feedback form.