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Discrimination Prevention Tutorial Launching this Fall

I would like to announce a new training initiative for University of Montana employees, launching early in the fall semester.

For the past year, several offices on campus have been working to develop a new tutorial about discrimination and sexual harassment awareness. The Discrimination Prevention Tutorial will replace the training offered at new employee orientation and provide a more thorough look at prevention and response.

The tutorial features two short, introductory videos. Following each video is a set of questions—the first unit covers discrimination and the second covers sexual harassment. The training explores what constitutes discrimination or harassment, how to report an incident, and what University resources are available to respond to a report.   

All current employees—including faculty and all permanent full-time and part-time employees—should complete the tutorial before November 15, 2013. You’ll receive information in the coming weeks about how to access the training. Computers will be available for those without daily access, and the tutorial may be taken on work time.

More than 60 staff and faculty members participated in content development focus groups last spring; the development team and I thank them for their advice and involvement.

The Discrimination Prevention Tutorial will be an important component of UM’s Resolution Agreement with the Department of Justice and the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Most importantly, implementing this training is an integral part of our growth as an organization and creates a higher standard for us all. Thank you for working with me to make our great university an even better place to work, teach and learn.