Workplace Harassment Prevention

Students, faculty, and staff at Washington and Lee University have the right to work and study in an environment that is free from prohibited discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation. Not only is harassment illegal - it is also disruptive to the kind of workplace we all want to be part of. All members of the campus community play a part in discouraging, responding to and preventing the types of misconduct prohibited by the University Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Other Than Sex and the Sexual Discrimination and Misconduct Policy (recommended reading before taking the online course discussed below).

The Committee on Inclusiveness and Campus Climate (UCICC) and the two Employee Advisory Committees recommended partnering with United Educators, a risk insurance company that deals exclusively with higher education clients, to make their on-line workshop, "Workplace Harassment Prevention" available for faculty and staff. The examples and scenarios used in the course are specifically designed for colleges and universities and cover the complex issues surrounding harassment in an academic workplace, including a section on academic freedom. The workshop takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. You are able to move at your own pace and you can sign out and back in at the point where you left off previously. This workshop reminds us all of the importance of recognizing and preventing unlawful harassment in the workplace and of the standards of civility that have made us what we are today.

All employees are asked to complete an on-line course, "Workplace Harassment Fundamentals" within 31 days of employment.  The examples and scenarios used in the course are specifically designed for colleges and universities and cover the complex issues surrounding harassment in an academic workplace.  The workshop takes approximately 60 minutes to complete and you can sign out, and then back in where you left off.  This workshop, by United Educators, reminds us all of the importance of recognizing and preventing unlawful harassment in the workplace and of the standards of civility that have made W&L what it is today. 

Reporting

You are encouraged to report any misconduct under either of the above policies, but please note that all faculty and staff are expected to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, or stalking.  Certain employees, designated as "responsible employees," are required to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, or stalking under University policy and applicable law.  For more information on reporting requirements and contact information: https://www.wlu.edu/general-counsel/code-of-policies/discrimination-harassment-and-retaliation/sexual-discrimination-and-misconduct-policy/quick-reference-guide-for-washington-and-lee-faculty-and-staff

Resources

An individual affected by sexual misconduct, whether as a complainant, a respondent, or a third party, has access to support and counseling through the University.  You can contact a Discrimination Policy Advisor for support.  Information on the program is available at http://www.wlu.edu/discrimination-policy-advisors.  Lauren Kozak is the Title IX Coordinator.  She is located in the Elrod Commons and her phone number is 540-458-4055.  Information on other resources is available at http://www.wlu.edu/sexual-misconduct.

To get started with the course:

1.  Using a browser other than Internet Explorer, go to https://www.edurisklearning.org/pe/register/include/processlogin.jsp?uri=%2Fpe%2F.

2.  REGISTER NOW to create an account using INSTITUTION CODE 0700-SE37-XY12.  (For role:  Academic Department Heads should indicate their role as "supervisor" rather than "faculty" to access the appropriate workshop). 

3. Following registration, you will receive an email from uehelpdesk@perceptis.com welcoming you to the site and providing you with an initial password.  Within the email is a link directing you back to the site where you will be prompted to change your password.  Keep your user name and password for future use.  Then click on GET STARTED under WORKPLACE HARASSMENT PREVENTION and then GET STARTED under WORKPLACE HARASSMENT FUNDAMENTALS.  Launch and complete all modules to receive course credit.  

If you have difficulty with the United Educators' site, their customer service number is 800-346-7877.

Please contact Kim Austin at kaustin@wlu.edu or x8921 if you have any questions.

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