Office of Equity & Compliance Post Office Box 751 503-725-5919 tel Portland, Oregon 97207-0751 503-725-4472 fax email@example.com MEMORANDUM To: Portland University Department Chairs From: Jilma Meneses, Chief Diversity Officer Crystal Roberts, Equity & Compliance Consultant Date: October 20, 2011 Re: Syntrio, Online Employment Discrimination & Harassment Prevention Training WHO: We are excited to have the support of the President and his Executive Committee who have approved online education for all employees (approx. 5,000 Faculty & Staff) and potentially all students in the future. WHAT: Syntrio is a web-based online Employment Discrimination, Harassment Prevention and ADA Reasonable Accommodations Training for employees, managers, teachers and eventually students. This online training is one of many components of a larger training plan for the university. Several online training systems were reviewed by a cross section of select students, faculty and staff. After considering their input the online training module selected was a system called Syntrio. The benefits of this particular module, relevant to you are: It can and will be tailored to PSU specifically – (i.e., PSU policies and procedures): o Syntrio is customizing a course specifically for PSU that will address Employment Discrimination and Unlawful Harassment in one unique module. Total time for module is less than one hour Training allows for flexibility in terms of when the modules is completed, etc. (i.e. can be completed from home) Training module will be housed on PSU’s Learning Management System - Desire to Learn (D2L). Deans, Manager, and Supervisors will have the ability to receive reports regarding completion of the training of their direct reports (with the caveat that supervisor is listed in Banner) One aspect of the course teaches managers and supervisors to make employment decisions that adhere to anti-discrimination laws, promote respect, improve morale, and, in turn, prevent claims of discrimination and employer liability. (See http://learning.syntrio.com) Another aspect of the course teaches faculty and staff managers and supervisors about the human characteristics that are protected by anti-discrimination laws and the type of conduct related to the “protected classes” that can lead to a claim of unlawful harassment. It offers strategies for preventing unlawful harassment and teaches faculty and staff managers how to respond appropriately when they learn of it. It also discusses the risk of liability to both the institution and a manager if he or she fails to stop harassment or personally engages in harassing behavior. (See http://learning.syntrio.com) HOW: We will roll-out the training in stages starting with the following: 1. OIT (subset) 2. HR/UCOMM 3. OIT (all) 4. CUPA/SSW/School of Ed. 5. All remaining employees 6. New Employees via the on-boarding process Announcements will be made in/at the following formats: 1. A & A Deans Meetings 2. Admin Briefing 3. Chairs- 4. Faculty Senate- 5. CAD- 6. HRASCLS- 7. FADAM AVPs- 8. Currently 9. Campus-wide Email WHEN: Late Fall 2011/Early Winter 2012 WHY: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal and state equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws protect employees and job applicants from discrimination based on their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and other protected grounds. To avoid liability proactive institutions offer training. Online training is one of the most effective and efficient ways to administer consistent and thorough training to all employees. *************************** As campus leaders, we will need your help to make sure your respective units take the course (including progressive discipline, if necessary). With your support we can make sure that PSU is known as a respectful and inclusive institution that values the contributions of a diverse workforce. Thank you for your time. Questions?
Pages to are hidden for
"www pdx edu"Please download to view full document