Haven: Understanding and Preventing Sexual Violence
All new employees and new matriculated students are required to complete Haven, an online training about sexual violence prevention and response. This training requirement, contained in Western’s Policy on Preventing and Responding to Sex Discrimination, Including Sexual Misconduct, reflects Western’s culture and values. It is part of a national effort across college campuses aimed at decreasing sexual violence, empowering university community members to engage as bystanders, and building awareness about how to support survivors. The training also ensures students, faculty and staff are aware of their rights under Title IX, a civil rights law prohibiting sex discrimination, including sexual violence.
Western is sensitive to community members who have a personal history with sexual violence. Students, faculty and staff who feel this training would be unacceptably upsetting due to that experience may contact Prevention and Wellness Services at (360) 650-2993 (students) or the Equal Opportunity Office at (360) 650-3307 (employees) to discuss an alternative way to receive important information contained in the training. Confidential resources are also available to survivors.
All new faculty and staff, including temporary employees, are required to complete the 40 minute online training Haven for Employees: Understanding and Preventing Sexual Violence. New faculty and staff receive an email from the Title IX Coordinator with a link to complete the training. Faculty and staff are asked to do this training within their first week of employment. Student employees complete Haven for Students, not Haven for Employees. Faculty and staff with questions about completing Haven for Employees may contact the Equal Opportunity Office/Title IX Coordinator at (360) 650-3307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haven for Employees is required in addition to the live Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (see below) that new permanent employees must take, and that new temporary employees are strongly encouraged to take, within the first six months of employment.
Most Western students completed Haven for Students during the 2014-2015 year, and it is required of all new matriculating students during the 2015-2016 year. Not completing Haven will result in a hold being placed on a new student’s registration for future quarters. Students receive an email with instructions about how to access the training, and deadlines for completion, after registering for their first quarter at Western. Prevention & Wellness Services’ website provides more information about Haven for Students, and questions about Haven for Students should be directed to email@example.com.
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
State and federal laws and Western’s Policy on Preventing and Responding to Sex Discrimination, Including Sexual Misconduct require periodic ongoing training in the prevention of sexual harassment. The training is required for permanent staff and tenure-track faculty, and strongly encouraged for other employees. Supervisors may require that their temporary employees participate in this training. Sexual harassment prevention training provides important information about rights and responsibilities relative to sexual harassment. Topics covered include how to recognize sexual harassment, what to do if sexual harassment occurs, Western’s discrimination complaint procedure, and supervisory responsibilities. Specialized training in the prevention of sexual harassment for supervisors or other groups is also available upon request.
Training in the prevention of sexual harassment has two components:
New permanent employees are required to attend in-person Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (SHPT). Individuals can register for an upcoming in-person training session by going to Western’s Training website and clicking on “Equal Opportunity Office.”
Faculty and staff who attended in-person SHPT three or more years ago are required to take an online Sexual Harassment Prevention Refresher Training via Canvas. Employees receive an email directly from the EO Office when they need to complete this Refresher Training.
Supervising a Diverse Workforce
Competently supervising diverse employees requires awareness of our differences and the assumptions we may make based on differences we perceive. Through a combination of interactive exercises, facilitated conversation and presentation, this class gives supervisors an opportunity to think critically about how they interact with diverse employees and how to create a work environment in which difference and diversity are valued and respected.
Registration for upcoming training sessions is available on the WWU Training website. This class is provided jointly by the Equal Opportunity Office and Human Resources and facilitated by Laura Langley from EOO and Nick Sanchez from HR.
Other Equal Opportunity & Diversity Training
The EO Office also provides training and facilitated conversation on a variety of other topics concerning equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity and inclusion. Training topics include ADA and Title IX compliance, communicating across differences, and preventing and addressing bullying and harassment based on race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and religion.
Trainings can be developed to meet the needs of particular departments.