Required Employee Training on Sexual Misconduct Prevention
From Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer
and Gary Nicksa, Senior Vice President for Operations
Boston University is committed to ensuring that all members of our community are afforded a respectful environment in which to work and study, and where sexual misconduct of any form is not tolerated. To this end, three years ago, BU began requiring all employees to complete online trainings in sexual misconduct prevention. The trainings have been an important part of our efforts to heighten awareness of acceptable and unacceptable behavior as well as available campus resources for safety, education, and reporting.
This year, we are requiring all faculty and staff to complete an updated sexual misconduct prevention training. As we return to campus after an extremely disruptive 18 months, these trainings are an important reminder for all of us of the rules, processes, and resources we have in place. They also provide updates on policy changes, including adjustments to our processes to comply with recent federal regulations, incorporated into BU policies in 2020. Employees who joined the University after March 1, 2021, will not be required to redo the training at this time, since they recently completed it through the new employee training requirement.
Sexual misconduct prevention is a complex issue that requires an array of different strategies. These required trainings are part of a wide range of efforts BU is undertaking to reduce incidents of sexual assault and misconduct on our campuses. While the trainings alone aren’t a cure-all, they play a vital role in ensuring we share a common understanding of these issues.
In the coming days, you will receive detailed instructions for completing the training. Please note that these trainings are mandatory and need to be completed by October 8, 2021. Completion is required in order for you to qualify for the next merit increase process. If you have questions about the training requirement or content, please contact email@example.com. For technical help accessing the training, please contact the IS&T Service Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-353-4357. Additional information about the training requirement is available on the Compliance Services website.
Thank you in advance for your participation in this important effort and for your commitment to your colleagues’ safety and a respectful campus environment as we return to full capacity this fall.