by Kimberly Hewitt, director, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Minnesota is committed to fostering a positive campus climate that is responsive to and takes preventative measures to address sexual harassment and sexual assault. The Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) Office is pleased to announce several new educational opportunities on these important topics.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) requires universities and colleges to make training available to all employees regarding sexual assault and sexual harassment. We encourage you to ask all members of your staff to complete a new online training entitled Speak Up: Understanding and Preventing Sexual Violence. This new program is available by searching ULearn and is designed to provide you with important information about sexual harassment and sexual assault. The workshop includes important definitions, information about University policy, relevant scenarios, and strategies for an appropriate response to these complex problems.
EOAA has also developed video versions of three existing educational programs that also address these important topics: Sexual Harassment, Awareness, Prevention and Response; Responding to Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault; and EOAA Supervisors Toolkit. These three programs can also be accessed by searching the ULearn system.
There are three University policies regarding the prohibition of sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence with respect to students, staff, and faculty:
- · Board of Regents Policy: Sexual Harassment
- · Administrative Policy: Sexual Harassment
- · Administrative Policy: Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence
The University prohibits retaliation against anyone for reporting or participating in an investigation of sexual harassment or sexual assault.
We remind you that if you are a supervisor or a person who advises students you have a responsibility to report sexual harassment and sexual assaults that you learn about involving students to the EOAA Office. If you would like more information about the EOAA process in the event that you report sexual assault or harassment, please view our website .