Winter 2016 Newsletter
Title IX Updates
Western updates policy on Preventing and Responding to Sex Discrimination, Including Sexual Misconduct
This summer, President’s Cabinet approved updates to Western’s policy on Preventing and Responding to Sex Discrimination, Including Sexual Misconduct. Members of the university community are encouraged to review the revised policy in its entirety, as well as the comprehensive summary of resources and reporting options for survivors of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, and sexual violence appended to the policy. Important revisions to the policy include:
- A requirement that during the 2015-2016 academic year, new matriculated students and new employees participate in sexual violence prevention and awareness training;
- A description of topics covered in both primary prevention and awareness training required of new members of the Western community, and in ongoing prevention programming;
- Topics of information that will be provided in writing to individuals who report to Western that they have experienced sexual violence;
- A statement that as required by Title IX, Western will investigate reports of sexual violence even when no complaint is filed;
- Complaints regarding sexual violence are conducted by Western employees who receive annual training on issues regarding sexual violence and how to conduct investigations that protect the safety of survivors and promote accountability.
Haven training helps employees and students understand and prevent sexual violence
All new employees and new matriculated students are required to complete Haven, an online training about sexual violence prevention and response. Haven training for members of the Western community 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.
Most Western students completed Haven for Students during the 2014-2015 year, and it is required of all new matriculating students this academic year. Haven for Employees is required in addition to the live Sexual Harassment Prevention Training that new permanent employees must take, and that new temporary employees are strongly encouraged to take.
More information about the training is available on the EO Office website.
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Update
Law and University policy require all new permanent employees to attend Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (SHPT), and current employees to take online Refresher Training every three years. These trainings include discussion of Western’s responsibility under Title IX to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual violence.
In February, faculty and staff who last participated in Sexual Harassment Prevention Training three or more years ago received an email requesting that they complete the online Refresher Training in Canvas.
New faculty and staff should register for a SHPT session by going here and then selecting “Equal Opportunity Office.” Upcoming trainings will be held on the following dates in VU 567:
- Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.