Online Education

Frostburg State University values and prioritizes providing a safe and inclusive learning, living, and working environment for all our students, employees, and guests to enjoy, without exception.  To ensure that our values of responsibility, respect, tolerance, and equity are promoted, the Office of Gender Equity works to ensure that all members of our Bobcat community participate in active and ongoing trainings regarding topics including gender-based harassment and violence.

Student Trainings

All Frostburg State University students are required to complete Think About It, an online educational program that will expose students to topics including state laws, University policies, and the impact of gender-based harassment and violence within a campus community.  Going further, this program also encourages our newest Bobcats to become active bystanders, to help eliminate bias, oppression, and harm from our campus community.

  • Student Athlete Trainings
    Beginning Spring 2018, FSU student athletes will be asked to complete Sexual Assault Prevention for Student Athletes. The online training program highlights respectful communication, preventing discrimination, hazing, or bullying, and ways in which student athletes can serve as active bystanders to prevent, address, and report harms in our campus community.

  • Spring 2018 Training Schedule
    The training will begin February 21, 2018, and is to be completed by March 26, 2018.

Employee Trainings

All Frostburg State University Employees are required to complete Intersections, an online education program that aids faculty and staff in how to recognize, report, and prevent gender-based harassment and violence. The program highlights federal guidelines and mandates under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and it's reauthorization in 2013.

Please see the Memo Regarding Intersections Training for additional details and an FAQ.

  • Spring 2018 Training Schedule
    New full-time employees and contractual faculty will receive notice of the training program on January 17, 2018. The training will begin January 22, 2018, and is to be completed by March 26, 2018.

Technical Support

For technical support, please visit www.everfi.com/support.

  • For Think About It and Sexual Assault Prevention for Student Athletes support, please click on Student Support - Campus Clarity.

  • For Clery Act Basics and Intersections support, please click on Employee Support - LawRoom.

  • You can also contact the EverFi 24/7 Technical Support Team at 1-844-348-1616.

Please note: Frostburg State University's HelpDesk cannot troubleshoot issues with the online programs themselves, but can assist with issues regarding your FSU username and password.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Why is Frostburg State University requiring online training?

Why were Think About It and Bridges selected as our required online training programs?

Why was I selected to take the Clery Act Basics online training program?

How was this requirement communicated to the University community?

How long do I have to complete the online training program?

How long does the online training program take to complete?

What happens if I don’t complete the online training program?

I found the online program to be triggering. What should I do?

Technical Questions

What internet browsers are recommended to complete the online training?

I am experiencing a technical issue in completing my program. What should I do?

Who is tracking completion of the programs?

Student Questions

I completed Haven as a first-year student. Am I required to complete this online training?

I have completed a similar program at another University. Am I required to complete this online training?

I am an online distance learner. Am I required to complete the online training?

I am a part-time student. Am I required to complete the online training?

I am an adult learner. Am I required to complete the online training?

I am a student athlete. Why must I complete this new training?

Employee Questions

I completed Bridges last academic year. Why am I being asked to complete this online training and do I have to complete this training?

I have also been asked to complete the Campus Security Authority training Clery Act Basics. Why am I being asked to complete this training and do I have to complete this training?

I am an adjunct instructor. Am I required to complete the online training?

My position at Frostburg State University provides me with minimal contact with students? Am I required to complete the online training?

I am a non-exempt employee. Am I required to complete the online training?

I am both a student and an employee at Frostburg State University. Do I have to complete both Think About It and Intersections?

Are any FSU students or employees exempt from this training requirement?


Why is Frostburg State University requiring online training?

The online training programs are required as each of us have a responsibility to ensure that our campus is free of bias, oppression, and harm. The US Department of Education requires all institutions of higher education that receive federal funding ensure that all members of the institution, including employees and students, receive training on the scope of gender-based harassment and violence, university policies regarding sexual misconduct, options to report incidences of gender-based harassment and violence, campus and community resources, and more.

Beyond our federal requirements, Frostburg State University values and prioritizes providing a safe and inclusive learning, living, and working environment for all our students, employees, and guests to enjoy, without exception. To ensure that our values of diversity, mutual respect, integrity, and responsibility are promoted, the Office of Gender Equity works to ensure that all members of our Bobcat community participate in active and ongoing trainings regarding topics including gender-based harassment and violence.


Why were Think About It and Bridges selected as our required online training programs?

A diverse committee of faculty, staff, and students vetted online training program options in the 2015-2016 year. These volunteers were asked to participate in the online trainings and make note of how efficient, effective, and interactive the programs were and select their preferred platforms. Their formal recommendations were communicated to the Office of Gender Equity. These programs were selected based upon these official recommendations.


Why was I selected to take the Clery Act Basics online training program?

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990 (Clery Act) is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to collect and disclose crime statistics for their campuses and certain other areas. Under the Clery Act, certain individuals known as “Campus Security Authorities” have a legal obligation to report suspected criminal activity that occurs within the University’s Clery geography to ensure statistical inclusion in the University’s Annual Security Report.

Campus Security Authorities are individuals that have significant responsibility for student and campus activities and/or to whom a student or employee should report criminal offenses and student conduct. Examples of such individuals include, but are not limited to, University Police, academic counselors, athletic coaches, internship directors, building managers, center and office directors, student conduct board members, student organization advisors, and any faculty or staff member traveling with students for one or more nights for University-sponsored business or activities.

Both positions and job responsibilities were reviewed by University Vice Presidents, the Office of Human Resources, and the Interim Title IX Coordinator to ensure that all relevant personnel have been identified. CSAs are also required to participate in annual training to ensure their awareness of their roles and responsibilities under the law.


How was this requirement communicated to the University community?

All new Frostburg State University students received a letter via email on September 12th from the Office of Gender Equity and their invitation to the program was sent on September 14, 2016.

All continuing Frostburg State University students received a letter via email on September 28th from the Office of Gender Equity and their invitation to the program was sent on October 3, 2016.

Employees will receive notice in late October 2016.


How long do I have to complete the online training program?

Online training being self-directed, giving each individual the opportunity to schedule this online requirement based upon their availability. We want to ensure all members of our University community are aware of our policies, procedures, resources, and responsibilities before the conclusion of the academic term. Students are given four weeks to complete the program. University employees will be given six weeks to complete the program.


How long does the online training program take to complete?

The online training programs take 45-minutes to complete. An individual can complete the program in one sitting or save their progress over time.


What happens if I don’t complete the online training program?

The online training programs are required. Students who miss their communicated deadlines will have an administrative hold tag placed upon their student accounts, making accessing their official transcripts and delaying registration until the program is completed. Employees who miss their communicated deadlines will be notified in writing, as will their respective Deans or department managers. Failure to comply with the training will be noted in annual performance reviews.


I found the online program to be triggering. What should I do?

If you have experienced gender-based harassment or violence or are in any way triggered by the material covered in the training, we encourage you to practice self-care. If you are a student, you are encouraged to reach out to a confidential campus resource. If you are an employee, the Family Crisis Resource Center or the Dove Center is available for assistance. We also encourage all members of our University community that have experienced gender-based harassment or violence to report their experience. For more information on reporting options, please visit http://www.frostburg.edu/titleix/report-options/.


What internet browsers are recommended to complete the online training?

We recommend that Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari are used to complete the training.


I am experiencing a technical issue in completing my program. What should I do?

Please contact Campus Clarity at 800.652.9546 or at admin@campusclarity.com.


Who is tracking completion of the programs?

The Office of Gender Equity is closely monitoring completion. Our records are updated each weekday of those who successfully complete the training.


I completed Haven as a first-year student. Am I required to complete this online training?

Yes. Think About It is a more robust online education program that will expose you to the most current policies, resources, and information regarding gender-based harassment and violence at Frostburg State University.


I have completed a similar program at another University. Am I required to complete this online training?

Yes. Our online courses have Frostburg State University-specific resources and information that are unique to our campus. Regardless of past trainings you may have completed, this program is required of all members of the Frostburg State University community.


I am an online distance learner. Am I required to complete the online training?

Yes. All members of the Frostburg State University community, including employees and students, are required to complete this training.


I am a part-time student. Am I required to complete the online training?

Yes. Regardless of how many credit hours a student is enrolled in, this program is required.


I am an adult learner. Am I required to complete the online training?

Yes. All students, regardless of credit hour, campus of attendance, or age are required to complete the program. A specialized version of Think About It has been selected that will be most relevant for the unique needs of our adult student population.


I am a student athlete. Why must I complete this new training?

On August 8, 2017, the National Collegiate Athletic Association adopted a new policy on sexual violence. This policy requires school athletic departments to acknowledge their compliance with this policy by ensuring departments are knowledgable of and compliant with policies and processes regarding sexual violence prevention, adjudication, and resolution, through active engagement and training of its student athletes and athletics staff. Universities and colleges must provide evidence of compliance by May 15, 2018.

Frostburg State University also acknowledges the important role our student athletes have within our campus community as leaders on the court/field/track and in the classroom. We wish for our student athletes to personify our goals of inclusivity, leadership, and critical thinking by being active participants in annual training. For more information, please contact Dr. Baer at apbaer@frostburg.edu.


I completed Bridges last academic year. Why am I being asked to complete this training and do I have to complete this training?

Bridges is training program designed to inform University employees of their obligations under the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, including recent updates and guidance from the US Department of Education. This program was required of all employees in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Intersections similarly highlights the harms associated with sexual harassment and misconduct, but provides further insights into topics of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Such conduct is counter to the values at Frostburg State University and it is imperative that all employees be able to recognize such misconduct as well as be aware how to report such instances to the appropriate departments on campus.

The University feels it is important to ensure active and ongoing training of employees to ensure their awareness of federal, state, and campus laws, mandates, and policies regarding conduct and campus climate. Your participation and completion of these ongoing trainings is appreciated.


I have also been asked to complete the Campus Security Authority training Clery Act Basics. Why am I being asked to complete this training and do I have to complete this training?

As defined by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990 (Clery Act), Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are individuals that have significant responsibility for student and campus activities and/or to whom a student or employee should report criminal offenses and student conduct. Examples of such individuals include, but are not limited to, University Police, academic counselors, athletic coaches, internship directors, building managers, center and office directors, student conduct board members, student organization advisors, and any faculty or staff member traveling with students for one or more nights for University-sponsored business or activities. CSAs are notified on an annual basis of their reporting obligations and receive regular training to assist them in understanding their responsibilities under the Clery Act.

If you have been contacted to complete the Clery Act Basics course, please know that training provides insights to your obligations and requirements as a CSA as is required to be completed by the communicated deadlines. For additional assistance, please contact titleix@frostburg.edu.


I am an adjunct instructor. Am I required to complete the online training?

Yes. All University employees have the responsibility to be informed and to ensure our campus community is free of gender-based harassment and violence. The training will ensure your awareness of your obligations as an employee of Frostburg State University.


My position at Frostburg State University provides me with minimal contact with students? Am I required to complete the online training?

Yes. All University employees, regardless of their position or the department they work are required to complete the online training.


I am a non-exempt employee. Am I required to complete the online training?

Yes. All University employees have the responsibility to be informed and to ensure our campus community is free of gender-based harassment and violence. The training will ensure your awareness of your obligations as an employee of Frostburg State University. Your supervisor is required to provide you with the time necessary to complete this training.


I am both a student and an employee at Frostburg State University. Do I have to complete both Think About It and Bridges?

Most likely. Certain populations of our student employees require advance training on their responsibilities to report incidences of gender-based harassment and violence. The Office of Gender Equity is working with select departments to facilitate an in-person training for some populations of our student employees. Others, however, based upon their role within the University, will have to complete both of our online training programs. However, to accommodate this requirement, student employees will have a more generous timeline to complete their employee training.


Are any FSU students or employees exempt from this training requirement?

No. It is the responsibility of all members of the Frostburg State University campus community to ensure we provide an environment that is safe, inclusive, and free of gender-based harassment and violence.


For additional information, please email us at titleix@frostburg.edu.