Workplace Harassment & Discrimination Prevention

Note: this is NOT the new May 2024 training requirement. See the Understanding Sexual Misconduct module instead.

All faculty, officers of administration, classified employees, and graduate employees are required to complete workplace harassment & discrimination prevention training. Student employees and certain temporary employee groups 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.

Training Requirement

Those newly hired to the university are required to complete the training within 90 days of employment.

  • Graduate employees who completed the online Canvas Community, Module 3, Creating a Welcoming Community training as part of their fall orientation and onboarding have satisfied the requirement and do not need to complete the updated online prevention training.
  • Student employees and certain temporary employees are encouraged to complete the training but are not required to do so. New employees will take the training as part of their onboarding.
  • Hourly employees will be paid for their time spent completing the training. Exempt employees can take the training during working hours.


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.