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Mandatory university training requirement for preventing sexual harassment and eliminating sexual violence

Dec 11, 2018

To cultivate and maintain a safe and respectful environment free from any form of sexual misconduct, University of the Pacific extends sexual harassment prevention training to all Pacific employees.

Knowing which behaviors are appropriate and which are inappropriate is important. Knowing what to do for our students, for each other and for ourselves personally is essential in preventing misconduct as well as taking the appropriate action if misconduct occurs. 

2018 is a mandatory university-wide training year on preventing workplace harassment for all university employees, to be completed by Dec. 31, 2018. 

California law (AB 1825) mandates that organizations such as Pacific provide sexual harassment prevention training for all supervisors at least every two years. California is recognized as having contributed to setting the standard nationally for sexual harassment prevention training, defining the training duration as a minimum of two hours and having a broad definition of "supervisor."  Pacific employees who supervise other employees or student workers are recognized as a supervisor for purposes of this training. Faculty are considered supervisors for this purpose based on their roles overseeing students, TAs, RAs, post-doctoral students, staff or other faculty members.   

Previously, there were two separate courses necessary to satisfy university, state and federal requirements. Pacific now offers a combined interactive online course, "Sexual Harassment Prevention & Title IX," which satisfies Pacific's training requirement; AB1825; and the Sexual Violence Elimination Act of 2013 (Title IX training), which is required of all university faculty and student workers.   

Begin the online training:  Sexual Harassment Prevention & Title IX

Note: Faculty or staff who have completed the online version in 2017 or 2018 have already satisfied the training requirement. View your training history in Bridge (scroll down to "Completed").

Please contact Shani Richards or Cara Schon in Human Resources' Learning + Development unit at staffdevelopment@pacific.edu or at 209.946.2097 if you are a student worker, have difficulties registering or have Bridge or training access questions.

Please contact Elizabeth Trayner, Title IX Coordinator (etrayner@pacific.edu, 209.946.7770) for questions or additional information about Title IX and confidential resources.  

View Pacific's Title IX Policy


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. I took the training already this year. Do I have to take it again?
A. 
If you have already completed the online training on sexual harassment prevention in 2017 or 2018, you have completed the requirement and do not need to take it again. View your training history in Bridge (scroll down to "Completed").

Q. Do I have to take this if I took it with Life Theatre in 2016?
A.
If you have not completed a training in 2017 or 2018 on sexual harassment prevention/Title IX training, then yes, you need to complete the requirement by completing the online training by Dec. 31, 2018. View your training history in Bridge (scroll down to "Completed").

Q. I'm not a supervisor; I don't supervise staff or students. Do I have to take the training?
A. 
Every two years, all Pacific staff and faculty participate in sexual harassment prevention training which contributes to a safe working and learning environment for Pacific's faculty, staff and students and all members of our community. Pacific is providing sexual harassment prevention training to all employees and not just those who supervise staff or students.

Q. Why should I take the online course?
A. 
Pacific believes in creating and maintaining a safe working and learning environment for our faculty, staff and students and all members of our community. All Pacific employees are responsible for knowing what sexual harassment is and are required by law to report it, if and when students or colleagues share information with them. To cultivate and maintain a safe and respectful environment free from any form of sexual misconduct, University of the Pacific is providing sexual harassment prevention training to all employees (see Pacific's Title IX Policy).  

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