Dissemination of Discrimination and Harassment Policy
The University Administration is responsible for the implementation of, and compliance with this policy. The Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) is charged with the dissemination of the policy.
The policy shall be made readily available to all Students, employees, and Third Parties, utilizing multiple media of communication, including Student orientations and catalogs, new employee orientations, campus websites and publications and policy brief sessions. All offices with direct services to students, employees and third parties such as OED, Student Affairs, Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence (CTLE), The Leahy Clinic, all offices linked to Academic Affairs (including but limited to Deans Offices, Student Advising Centers) and the Office Human Resources; shall make this policy available to all they serve through publications, training sessions, and orientation sessions.
Training and Policy Brief Sessions through the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED)
|A. Training for all employees a) Training for all managers and individuals in a supervisory role b) Orientation sessions to new employees (new faculty, new staff, student employees) - Content: training includes but is not limited to University Policy and related State and Federal Laws, definition of SH (the University adopts Title VII and EEOC language), strategies for prevention, realistic examples, Effects, complaint and resolution procedures, compliance obligations, provisions and resources for victims of SH - Training Schedule – August – new and student employees, Fall term, a minimum of 8 (90 min.) sessions offered, more can be scheduled as requested. c) Refreshers and reviews when there is a policy change or upon request by area supervisor to address concerns. B. Training for Individuals participating in complaint and resolution procedures a) 2 hour Initial training with understanding that overall training is not limited to these two hours. Updates, refresher courses and new case law are shared with team members on a regular basis to keep them current. b) Who i) members of the investigative panel, members of the hearing panel pool ii) Individuals for whom discrimination and harassment training has been recommended as part of the disciplinary process after a complaint is filed. - Content includes but is not limited to: The University Policy, role and responsibility, provisions therein and related laws (State and Federal), definitions (Title VII and EEOC), types and examples of harassment and discrimination, case law, compliance obligations, complaint and resolution processes and procedures, standards of evidence.|
Offered by the Office of Equity and Diversity for Faculty, Administrators, Staff and Students
- Diversity Awareness Training
- Cultural Competence Training
- Workplace Harassment Prevention - online courses offered
- Sexual Harassment Prevention Training 2012-2013 schedule
- Diversity Conferences
- Search Committee Training for Staff and Faculty
Training Sessions Overview
Diversity Awareness Training:
Diversity Awareness workshops are provided semi-annually for all employees of the University. Employees from all departments are encouraged to attend.
"Diversity training helps organizations to: build an institutional culture that incorporates differences; develops multicultural teams; recruit and retain a diverse workforce; resolve conflict between employees; reduce employee turnover; and promote employee productivity," (National Multicultural Institute).
We pride ourselves on building a diverse community, to ensure the public that we are a community of scholars.
Cultural Competence Training:
Cultural Competence Training is also provided semi-annually for all employees of the University. Training will help individuals at The University of Scranton become aware of assumptions, fears, biases and stereotypes and other learned behaviors that may interfere with communication between diverse groups of people.
"The purpose of diversity training is o help individuals and organizations examine their assumptions about diversity and assist them to become more culturally competent," (National Multicultural Institute).
The University of Scranton has a written and published Sexual Harassment Policy. To show support for this policy, a quarterly training session is provided to ensure comprehension and update employees of the University on developments in the policy, terms, and concepts. The training also informs employees what constitutes as a violation of the University policy as well as legislative under Title VII.
The Office hosts conferences for employees throughout the year. A Diversity Conference Planning Committee has been assembled by the Director of Equity and Diversity.
In the hiring process, OED serves as a resource for lawful interviewing procedures to ensure that the University is in compliance with the federal laws governing equal employment opportunity, and in keeping with our Strategic Plan which includes an affirmative action plan.