Together, we share the responsibility to foster and maintain a culture of respect. In support of that commitment, workplace harassment & discrimination prevention training is mandatory for all university faculty and staff.
Workplace Harassment & Discrimination Prevention Training
All faculty, officers of administration, classified employees, and graduate employees are required to complete workplace harassment & discrimination prevention training. Temporary and student employees are encouraged to complete the training, but are not required to do so. All faculty and staff are required to complete the training every two years throughout their employment.
Human Resources provides a web-based workplace harassment and discrimination prevention training based on the university policies. This training helps you understand:
- What constitutes appropriate workplace conduct;
- How to recognize harassing behavior and discrimination;
- How to handle harassment situations;
- Where to go to report harassment and discrimination.
Web-based training is designed to provide consistent baseline information to large numbers of employees. Like all web-based training, it is most effective when coupled with other education, such as in-person trainings and facilitated discussions. Additional in-person trainings are available.
Requirement for New Hires
Those newly hired to the university are required to complete the training within 90 days of employment. Currently, the training is unavailable. It will be released for all of campus to complete in January 2022. Training for new employees will be assigned as part of the university-wide initiative. In the meantime, a recording of a Prohibited Discrimination Training: Resources & Policy Updates training session (22 minutes) provides information about the policy and employee reporting obligations.
Commitment from Leadership
The university is committed to equal access to programs, course offerings, facilities, admission and employment for all of its students, employees, and campus community members. It is the responsibility of every member of the university community to do their part to foster an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. All members of the community are strongly encouraged to take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent or stop acts of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation when they occur.
Nicole Commissiong, Chief Civil Rights Officer and
Title IX Coordinator
"We strongly encouraged all members of the community to take responsibility and reasonable actions to prevent or stop acts of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation when they occur. The Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance and the Office of Human Resources facilitate processes and provide resources in support of students and employees. We are jointly committed to serving our community as we collectively foster and maintain a culture of respect."
Mark Schmelz, Chief Human Resources Officer
“University of Oregon leadership stands united in our resolve to enable every member of our community to flourish and contribute. Here, we are a community. Harassment and discrimination divide us—it is our collective responsibility to call it out and stop it.”
Michael Schill, President
“Here at the University of Oregon, we are committed in our community to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all. Everyone should know that they can come to UO and expect to have the opportunity to pursue their professional and educational goals in an accepting environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.”
Patrick Phillips, Provost and Senior Vice President
“Respect is fundamental to the University of Oregon as a workplace and as a community. We each have an important role in promoting a campus culture that is welcoming, safe and respectful. Here, faculty and staff can help build and maintain a respectful community.”
Jamie Moffitt, Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Here, we speak up to preserve a safe, inclusive workplace.
If you see something, say something. University employees are protected by federal and state laws and university policies, and have obligations as responsible employees under university policy to report information they have regarding instances of discrimination and harassment, including instances of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Visit the Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance for more information about employee reporting obligations.
It is also important that all members of the university community understand that they can make complaints of prohibited discrimination or harassment to the Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance, and that the university will take steps to protect them from retaliation.