Employee Training FAQ

How do I access the training?

Log on to the SafeColleges website for University of Maryland Baltimore County here by entering your single sign on (SSO)

What topics does the training cover?

This training program includes sexual violence prevention as well as hate bias training for all UMBC employees.

What policies are covered in this training?

This training cover’s UMBC’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination, (updated August 14, 2020), as well as the Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy, which outline UMBC’s expectations of appropriate conduct towards members of the UMBC Community. Please review these policies before you begin the training.

Is this training mandatory? 

Yes, the employee training is mandatory. Employee training must be completed by October 31, 2021 and is required for employment at UMBC.

Does the training include a trigger warning?

Yes, all of our training begins with a trigger warning due to the sensitive nature of the topics covered. If you have been personally affected by sexual or interpersonal violence and are concerned that you may not be able to complete the training as a result, please contact Title IX Coordinator Mikhel A. Kushner (she/they).

Are there additional content warnings?

This training is provided through a third party vendor, SafeColleges, and is not 100% reflective of OEI’s and UMBC’s views. OEI has screened the training and chosen it for its content, however, no third party training is perfect and there are some additional content warnings students should be aware of.

This training uses solely binary language to talk about gender; it only refers to men and women. UMBC is inclusive of people of all genders and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, or gender expression. Finally, this training uses the term “transgendered.” This is an outdated term that is often used in ways that are harmful to transgender and gender non-conforming communities. The vendor has been made aware of OEI’s objection to this term. For more information on the proper use of terms to address transgender communities, see GLAAD’s media reference guide.

Do I have to complete this training if I am working virtually?

Yes! Our policies protect all community members, regardless of their location and prohibited conduct does not always require physical touching. Various forms of misconduct, such as sexual harassment, and stalking, can occur off-campus or an an online environment.

Do I have to complete this training if I am part-time or contractual?

Yes! UMBC requires all employees to complete training, regardless of their employment status (regular or contractual).

Do I have to complete this training if I completed it last year or at another institution?

Yes! UMBC requires all employees to complete training each year.  Given the important nature of the topics covered and the continual development in related laws and policies, we want our community to have the most current, accurate and useful information possible.

Do I have to complete this training if I recently finished last year’s training?

Yes! No matter when you completed the prior year’s training, UMBC requires all employees to complete training annually. Training is assigned every year, usually near the beginning of the fall semester.

What if I have already completed a training on this topic?

UMBC requires all community members to complete this version of the training. Our training is tailored to UMBC policy and procedures. Also, given the important nature of the topics covered and the continual development in related laws and policies, we want our community to have the most current, accurate and useful information possible.

How often is this training required?

UMBC requires all community members to complete this training annually. Given the important nature of the topics covered and the continual development in related laws and policies, we want our community to have the most current, accurate and useful information possible.

What if I am an employee and I am or have been a student?

If your primary role at UMBC is a staff member, but you are also enrolled or have been previously enrolled as a student, you should only be assigned the employee training. If you receive the student training, please contact Training Manager Ever Hanna.

What if I need closed captioning or transcription to complete the training?

If you need closed captioning, click the “cc” button at the bottom right corner of the video. To view the interactive transcript, click on the icon displayed in the bottom right corner of the video screen.

How long is the training?

The employee training is comprised of 3 parts:

  1. A video-based sexual violence prevention training + a 12 question quiz (30 minutes)
  2. Supplemental Training for UMBC Employees + a 5 question quiz (30 minutes)
  3. An acknowledgement of rights and resources (5 minutes)

The whole training will take one (1) hour to one (1) hour and fifteen (15) minutes to complete. If you believe you have completed the training but are still receiving reminder emails, log back in and ensure you have completed all parts.

Do I have to complete the training in one sitting?

No, you do not. Please take the time you need to complete the training knowing that the system will save your progress each time you log in or out of the training. Note: once you start an individual video, you must complete it in one sitting. If you navigate away from the video while it is playing, you will be required to watch it again.

Will I be reminded?

Yes, the training system, SafeColleges, will automatically send you a reminder email each week until the training is complete.

The training is not loading, what should I do?

The training module works best when accessed using Google Chrome. If you are not already, please switch to Chrome and see if that remedies the issue. If not, please contact Training Manager Ever Hanna.

How do I show that I have completed the training?

Training completion will automatically be captured by SafeColleges. However, you can view your training history and certificates, by clicking on the “training history” icon on the left column menu. The Office of Equity and Inclusion has a record of who has taken the training and will be sending regular reminder emails to those who have yet to complete it.

Who do I contact if I have general questions?

Please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion at oeitraining@umbc.edu or 410-455-1026

Who do I contact if I have technical questions?

Please contact SafeColleges technical support team at support@safecolleges.com or complete a UMBC RT ticket.