Workplace Harassment: Fundamentals for Higher Education

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A workplace free from harassment fosters a positive work environment, builds a sense of community, and reinforces the shared mission that is unique to educational institutions. This flexible suite of online courses addresses workplace harassment fundamentals, sexual harassment, bystander intervention, and cyber harassment for all employees, and includes a module containing content specific to supervisors.

For an alternative workplace harassment training option that covers similar content, please review Mosaic: Prevent Harassment and Discrimination Together.

Workplace Harassment Prevention - Faculty & Staff will help learners:

  • Explain what retaliation is, and why it’s illegal
  • Describe federal definitions of protected categories
  • Recall ways to report and stop harassing behavior

Workplace Harassment Prevention - Supervisors will help learners:

  • Describe how to handle reports of discrimination, including harassment, from employees
  • Recognize what steps to take after a report to ensure your employees feel safe, supported, and that your institution is protected
  • Identify how to avoid retaliation or the appearance of it if an accusation is made.

Preventing Sexual Harassment will help learners:

  • Define sexual harassment and identify various behaviors that could be considered sexual harassment
  • Differentiate between Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Environment harassment
  • Recognize common side-effects of sexual harassment for victims

Bystander Intervention will help learners:

  • Explain the importance of bystander intervention in maintaining a healthy workplace
  • Recognize the psychological reasons why intervention can be difficult
  • List the best tactics for intervening: Direct, Delegate, Distract, Delay

Preventing Cyber Harassment will help learners:

  • Define cyber harassment and explain why the prevalence of cyber harassment has increased in recent years
  • Describe the differences between how a perpetrator might harass a victim in-person versus electronically
  • Recall how “online disinhibition” affects cyber harassment
  • Recognize how the law and institutional policies protect employees from harassment


Faculty, staff, and supervisors at higher education institutions can benefit from these courses.


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