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Harassment Training FAQs

  1. Why are employees required to take Harassment training?

    The purpose of Harassment Training is to prevent the occurrences of sexual harassment within the campus community by providing basic information about laws, regulations, policies and procedures with which faculty, staff, and students must comply. The training will assist the University in effectively educating faculty, staff, and students about this highly sensitive issue by engaging them in a subject matter that is often misunderstood or simply not given its due attention. This issue has the potential of significantly impacting our work and learning environments. As learning communities, we must work together through education, and where appropriate, intervention and decisive action, to prevent sexual harassment in all forms.

  2. Who is required to take Harassment Training?

    Harassment Training is mandatory for all employees in the following categories: 

    - Full-time and part-time employees
    - Benefit eligible and non-benefit eligible employees
    - Student employees

    The university reserves the right to require the training of any individual who interacts with our university community. If you are required to complete the training, you will be contacted by a university Human Resources office, a campus Equal Employment Opportunity office, your supervisor, or your liaison with the university.

  3. I am a volunteer at the university. Am I required to take the Harassment Training?

    In most cases, volunteers are required to take the training. If you are required to complete the training, you will be contacted by a university Human Resources Officer, a university Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, your volunteer coordinator or supervisor, or your liaison with the university.

  4. I am a vendor, consultant or interact with the university community. Am I required to complete the Harassment Training?

    Vendors, consultants, and other individuals who interact with our university community must fulfill the training requirements of their organization. The university may ask for documentation to verify that vendors, consultants, and other individuals who interact with our university community are fulfilling their organization’s training requirements.

    In the absence of appropriate documentation, the university reserves the right to require individuals who interact with our university community to complete the Harassment Training. 

  5. I have multiple jobs and/or appointments with the university. Am I required to complete the training multiple times during each reporting period?

    All employees are required to complete the training at least once every other year with their primary university appointment/position. The leaders and supervisors of your primary position are responsible for monitoring your compliance with the training requirements. However, your training completion data will be available to all organizational units in which you work. Training completion data will be filed with your employee record.

  6. Do I have to complete Harassment Training if I’m on leave for an extended period of time?

    Employees on a leave of absence whether paid or unpaid are not required to complete the training while on the leave of absence. However, if the due date for compliance training has occurred during your leave of absence, the employee must complete the training within 30 days of their return to work and, like all employees, at least once every other year.

  7. What if I’m not sure whether I am required to take Harassment Training?

    Contact your Human Resources office or your campus’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office for help in determining whether you are required to complete Harassment Training.

  8. How often am I required to take Harassment Training?

    All employees are required to successfully complete Harassment Training at least once every other year. New employees are asked to complete the training within 30 days of their start date. You may be required to complete the training more frequently.

  9. Do I have to complete the training when I start work if I worked for the university in the past?

    All employees, even those who worked for the university in the past, must successfully complete the training within 30 days of their start date and at least once every other year.

    If you have completed the training within the past two fiscal years, you will not be required to retake the training. If you have not taken the training during the recertification period, then you must complete the training within 30 days.

  10. How long does it take to complete theHarassment Training?

    It takes approximately 60 minutes to complete the Harassment Training.

  11. Is Harassment Training offered through in-person workshops?

    All employees must complete the online version of the Harassment Training. Some units may supplement the online training with in-person workshops. Employees who take an in-person workshop must still complete the online training.

    Non-employees (e.g., volunteers) may be offered in-person training sessions in lieu of the online training course.

  12. What happens if I completed similar training at another employer?

    All employees are required to complete Harassment Training offered by the University of Missouri even if they have completed similar training at another employer.

  13. What are the criteria for successfully completingHarassment Training?

    You must successfully pass the final exam in the Harassment Training course with a score of at least 80%.

  14. What if I don’t complete Harassment Training?

    All employees are required to successfully complete Harassment Training. Consequences for failing or refusing to successfully complete the training will be determined by each campus and the Health Care system in consultation with appropriate employee groups. Consequences may include:

    - Disciplinary action up to and including termination
    - Suspension from duties without pay until the training is successfully completed
    - A notation on your performance appraisal which may result in a lower rating
    - Ineligibility for salary increases, merit increases and/or promotions
    - Removal of supervisory responsibilities

  15. Whose responsibility is it to make sure employees take Harassment Training?

    Employees are responsible for completing Harassment Training. Organizational leaders, working in conjunction with the Human Resources office and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity office, will monitor training completion data. Supervisors are also responsible for monitoring training completion data and enforcing consequences for non-compliance. Supervisors can receive information on who completed the training by contacting their Human Resources office and/or the campus’s Equal Employment Opportunity office.

    If an employee has multiple positions with the university, the leaders and supervisors in the employee’s primary position are responsible for monitoring compliance with the training requirements.

  16. I am a supervisor. What if employees in my unit do not complete the Harassment Training?

    Employees are responsible for completing Harassment Training. Supervisors are responsible for clearly communicating with employees the university’s expectations about the training (e.g., mandatory annual requirement). Supervisors are also responsible for monitoring training completion data and enforcing consequences for non-compliance. Supervisors who fail or refuse to enforce compliance within his/her unit may be subject to:

    - Disciplinary action up to and including termination
    - Suspension from duties without pay until the training is successfully completed
    - A notation on your performance appraisal which may result in a lower rating
    - Ineligibility for salary increases, merit increases and/or promotions
    - Removal of supervisory responsibilities

  17. I don’t have access to a computer. What do you recommend?

    Contact your supervisor, your Human Resources Office and/or your Equal Employment Opportunity Office to identify available computers. Depending on your area, you may be asked to go to a computer lab, the library, or another location with shared computers.

  18. What if I have technical problems with the Harassment Training?

    For help in accessing the training, review the instructions for the Harassment Training (http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/hr/harassment_training). You may also contact your IT Help Desk (http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/is/helpdesks) or PeopleSoft HR Help Desk (http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/hr/peoplesoft-hr).

  19. How will I know if I have successfully completed Harassment Training?

    At the end of the Harassment Training course, there is a mastery test.  Upon successful completion of the mastery test, you will be advised to print a completion certificate for your records.  Please note that the official completion record is electronically recorded.  This electronic record is the only record used to verify successful completion of this training. If you only have a printed certificate and there is no electronic record, you will be required to complete the training again.  University employees who need to verify their electronic completion record can do so by:
    • contacting your campus HR office (all other university employees)
    • checking your transcript in Pathlore (Heath Care system employees)

Reviewed 2014-09-02.