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Preventing Workplace Harassment

Students, faculty, and staff at Washington and Lee University have the right to work and study in an environment that is free from prohibited discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation. Not only is harassment illegal - it is also disruptive to the kind of workplace we all want to be part of. All members of the campus community play a part in discouraging, responding to and preventing the types of misconduct prohibited by the University Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation. (recommended reading before taking the online course discussed below)

The Committee on Inclusiveness and Campus Climate (UCICC) and the two Employee Advisory Committees recommended partnering with United Educators, a risk insurance company that deals exclusively with higher education clients, to make their on-line workshop, "Preventing Workplace Harassment" available for faculty and staff. The examples and scenarios used in the course are specifically designed for colleges and universities and cover the complex issues surrounding harassment in an academic workplace, including a section on academic freedom. The workshop takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. You are able to move at your own pace and you can sign out and back in at the point where you left off previously. This workshop reminds us all of the importance of recognizing and preventing unlawful harassment in the workplace and of the standards of civility that have made us what we are today.

To get started with the course:

1. Call the Office of Human Resources for the W&L registration code if you haven't already been provided with the code.

2. Go to

3. First-time users should select the link to "create a new account" on the right side of the screen. You'll create your username and password which you will need to retain and use each time you log in to the site.

4. Then select "Preventing Workplace Harassment" and select the appropriate role: Staff, Faculty, Supervisor, Faculty Who Supervise.

United Educators offers this training site free to their clients. In return, they appreciate clients' feedback so they can continually improve the courses. There will be a link at the end of the training for you to provide your feedback. If you have any technical difficulty with the course, please contact United Educators directly at or 240-482-4704.

We would also like to hear your thoughts on this training. Please contact Kim Austin at or x8921 with your comments.

Related Policies:

Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation
Consensual Relationships
Non-Discrimination / Equal Employment Opportunity


Discrimination Policy Advisors
Office of Human Resources