LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2004) -- A new online training program titled “Preventing Sexual Harassment” is now available to all employees and students at the University of Kentucky.
The program is being offered by UK’s Equal Opportunity Office (EO) and the President’s Commission on Women (PCW) in coordination with the UK Office of Human Resource Development (HRD).
“The University of Kentucky is committed to maintaining a working and learning environment free of all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. “This online tool provides information every member of the university community should read and understand.”
The interactive, easy-to-use online course defines sexual harassment in accordance with state and federal law and UK policy. It illustrates what constitutes inappropriate or impermissible conduct and offers procedures for seeking help.
To measure knowledge of the material covered in the course, a 15-question test with feedback is given at the end. Those who answer 80 percent of the questions correctly will receive a certificate of completion, and those who do not achieve 80 percent or more must retake the test until they reach that level.
The browser-based course can be used 24 hours a day on any desktop or laptop computer and meets all federal and state accessibility standards, said Kim Wilson, director of UK Human Resources. It takes about 60 minutes to complete.
“Another advantage of this online tool is that questions and information are tailored to specific university groups,” Wilson said. “The groups include faculty, supervisory and non-supervisory staff, students, supervisory and non-supervisory medical personnel, and guests and alumni.”
All new faculty and staff will be required to take the training and current UK employees will be encouraged or required to complete the training, depending on the decision of their college deans or unit directors, who will provide more detailed information to their respective areas.
The EO and HRD offices receive confidential monthly reports listing all people who have successfully completed the training. The EO office will provide names of individuals who have taken the training to deans and unit managers upon written or electronic request.
“Preventing Sexual Harassment” is a product of New Media Learning which serves business, education and government employers with online, interactive training courses. UK is among more than 180 educational institutions using the training course, including UCLA, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan and the University of Louisville.
“As a public service, UK also obtained authorization from New Media Learning for employers located within Kentucky and with no more than 50 employees, to use the training program free,” Wilson said. “Also, UK alumni worldwide employed in or owning businesses with up to 50 employees and those with significant ownership in private companies employing up to 200 may use the tool free of charge for employee training as well.”
The “Sexual Harassment Prevention” training can be accessed at the Web site. Also, links to the training can be found on the Web sites of the EO, PCW and HRD. More information about UK policies relating to sexual harassment can be obtained at http://www.uky.edu/EVPFA/EEO/.
“This online training provides a good introduction to the issue of sexual harassment, and should a university department want more in-depth training for its employees, the Equal Opportunity Office can provide that,” said Terry Allen, Associate Vice President for Employment Equity. “The EO office also is the appropriate place to report any incidents of sexual harassment on campus.”
“This training program is informative and an excellent reminder to all faculty, staff and students that sexual harassment will not be tolerated at the University of Kentucky,” said Dorothy Brockopp, chair of the President’s Commission on Women.