With the updating of Title IX mandates in spring 2011 and the Penn State child sexual abuse situation later in 2011, the Department of Education and the Office of Civil Rights have increased scrutiny for colleges and universities and have mandated that institutions take appropriate steps to provide a safer environment for youth on campus. One required piece of this is a mandated training session for all students, faculty, and staff working with youth serving organizations and agencies. This training includes general information about Title IX, student/staff members’ duty to report and professional standards and expectations associated with working with youth. Faculty and staff who administer programs and classes or advise student organizations that work with youth-serving organizations and schools should advise students of this requirement.
The Title IX training is available via a Moodle course. Students/faculty/staff will engage is a series of modules and then must successfully complete a written test that indicates they have successfully completed the training. To sign your students or faculty/staff up for the Title IX training, the faculty/staff member must send the last name, first name, datatel number and Elon University e-mail address to email@example.com. The Office of Student Health and Wellness will enroll the participants into the Moodle course and will e-mail the student/fac/staff member they are enrolled. The participant can complete the course at his/her leisure. Students must successfully complete the course and the assessment test before participating in any University sponsored or associated programs/activities with youth. If students completed the course last year they do NOT need to repeat it.
Many youth-serving agencies require that student employees and volunteers working in these organizations have a criminal background check prior to having contact with the youth in their agency. Elon University requires that any student who works/volunteers with a youth-serving University program sponsored by the University or hosted on campus also complete a background check (i.e. Alamance Youth Academy, Elon Academy, Girls in Motion, etc.).
We are happy to report that the University provides financial support for those students who are required to have criminal background checks for volunteer and academic-related courses with not-for-profit agencies and community partners. If a student is required by the agency to complete a background check , did not receive a background check last year and needs to complete one prior to working with an agency or group, he or she needs to e-mail Janice Ratliff at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be sent a link to our on-line background check request system.
The automated system requests information and provides proper authorizations to complete the background checks with our vendor. The vendor will complete a national background check and will also check the National Sex Offender Registry. The student will receive an electronic copy of the background check results and it will be his/her responsibility to share those results with the agency. The Office of Student Health and Wellness CANNOT release the results of the background check. Once the student completes the request and receives the link, the background check is usually completed in 5-7 business days.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Office of Student Development at 336-278-7200.