May 24, 2012
As I stated yesterday in a memo to all Washington State University employees, part of being a world-class university is providing a workplace environment where all individuals feel safe, valued, and respected. Accordingly, WSU’s core values include a commitment to being an institution that demonstrates trust and respect for all persons and cultivates individual and institutional integrity in all that we do. Sexual harassment and all forms of discrimination compromise the integrity of the University and destroy the trust and respect expected in the workplace.
Eradicating discrimination and sexual harassment requires an ongoing, demonstrated commitment from all members of the University community. A truly respectful workplace needs cooperation and support from each and every employee of the institution. Therefore, effective June 1, 2012, I am requiring all current employees to complete Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Prevention training by January 4, 2013. Current employees who have attended qualifying Discrimination and Sexual Harassment training within the past month may apply that training to this requirement with the approval of Human Resource Services (HRS). New employees will be required to complete the training within six months of the date of hire. All employees will be required to retake the course every five years from the date of initial training.
To access additional details of the training as outlined in my memo. The online training may be accessed at hrs.wsu.edu/dshp. Questions regarding this training may be directed to HRS at 509-335-4521 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also find your HRS Service Team members at hrs.wsu.edu/contacts.
Vice presidents, chancellors, deans, and other appointing authorities will be responsible for ensuring that employees in their areas complete this mandatory training. However, I urge all of you to take individual responsibility to complete the training promptly.
Enhancing a healthy, supportive and understanding work environment will help ensure the wellbeing of WSU’s employees. Together, we can have a community where all individuals feel safe, valued, and respected.