COLUMBIA — Additional faculty and staff training is among changes that will increase awareness of Title IX and prevent future violations of the federal mandate, said Linda Bennett, interim campus Title IX coordinator, at an MU Faculty Council meeting Thursday.
Bennett gave a presentation to council members alongside Marsha Fischer, who joined the University of Missouri System General Counsel's office in May and is the systemwide point of contact for Title IX-related issues.
MU has a responsibility to protect its students, Fischer said.
"With that responsibility comes opportunity — opportunity to make a difference and opportunity to make a change," Fischer said.
A new website will provide more information about Title IX, Bennett said. She did not give a date for when the website will be online but said it will be soon.
Bennett and Fischer emphasized that employees are required to report potential violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, such as sexual harassment or violence.
"Listen to (the students), give them the resources and report," Bennett said.
Before UM System President Tim Wolfe issued an executive order in April, there was no reporting requirement or mandatory training for MU faculty or staff for handling Title IX incidents.
Thursday night football
Also discussed at the meeting was a tentative plan for Missouri to play in Thursday football games at Memorial Stadium starting next season.
MU Faculty Athletics Representative Lori Franz said the proposed Thursday date is Nov. 5, 2015.
"We would try to limit participation to no more than one game on campus every four years and one away game every four years," Franz said.
Some Faculty Council members raised concerns that it could interrupt students' focus on academics.
"Why would we ask academia to make any adjustments when we have plenty of Fridays and Saturdays?" council member Rebecca Johnson asked. "We have plenty of weekends and only six (home) games."
Franz said the change comes from joining the Southeastern Conference. The Thursday games would be held after 4 p.m., she said.
She encouraged council members to email her with comments and concerns.
"If we're going to do it, let's move forward and start planning yesterday," Franz said.
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