Training Overview

The Equal Opportunity Office provides training and facilitated conversation on a variety of other topics concerning discrimination, equal opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity and inclusion. All upcoming training dates are published in the Western's Learning Management System.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Employees

State and federal laws and Western’s Policy on Preventing and Responding to Sex Discrimination, Including Sexual Misconduct require periodic training in the prevention of sexual harassment. This training is required for permanent staff and tenure-track faculty, and strongly encouraged for other employees. Supervisors may require that their temporary employees participate in this training. Sexual harassment prevention training provides important information about rights and responsibilities relative to sexual harassment. Topics covered include how to recognize sexual harassment, what to do if sexual harassment occurs, Western’s discrimination complaint procedure, and supervisory responsibilities.

Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Training

Multiple federal and state civil rights laws require that all job applicants be provided with an equal opportunity to seek employment at Western. Affirmative action regulations likewise require that search committees engage in proactive efforts to build diverse applicant pools for staff positions. This training explores what these requirements mean in practice as we conduct searches for both classified staff, and professional staff positions.To register for this training and others, please access Western's Learning Management System.

Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Training

All new employees and new matriculated students are required to complete an online training about sexual violence prevention and response. This training requirement, contained in Western’s Policy on Preventing and Responding to Sex Discrimination, Including Sexual Misconduct, reflects Western’s culture and values. It is part of a national effort across college campuses aimed at decreasing sexual violence, empowering university community members to engage as bystanders, and building awareness about how to support survivors. The training also ensures students, faculty and staff are aware of their rights under Title IX, a civil rights law prohibiting sex discrimination, including sexual violence.

Western is sensitive to community members who have a personal history with sexual violence. Students, faculty and staff who feel this training would be unacceptably upsetting due to that experience may contact Prevention and Wellness Services at (360) 650-2993 (students) or the Equal Opportunity Office at (360) 650-3307 (employees) to discuss an alternative way to receive important information contained in the training.