Training Services

Dissemination of Non-discrimination and Anti-harassment Policy

The University views all incidents of discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct as unlawful behavior and a violation of Titles VI, VII of the Civil Rights Act (1964), Title IX of the Education Amendment Act (1972) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended 2008), the Equal Pay Act (1963, inclusive of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, 2009). According to a recent letter (DCL, 2011) from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR); Title IX requires the University to take immediate action to eliminate harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. The University is also required to publish a notice of nondiscrimination and to adopt and publish grievance procedures. Because of these requirements, the Administration of the University must ensure that all employees are briefed on the policy so that they know to report harassment to appropriate University officials, and so that employees with the authority to address harassment are given the opportunity to respond in a timely manner. Training for employees includes practical information about how to identify and report all types of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and violence.

The University of Scranton has a written and published Discrimination and Harassment Policy. To ensure compliance with this policy and our risk management mandate, the Office of Equity and Diversity is charged with providing training and policy briefs to all faculty, staff and student employees who serve other students (such as residence assistants, teaching assistants and student officers).

The University Administration is responsible for the implementation of, and compliance with this policy. The Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) is charged with the dissemination of the policy. 

Policy Dissemination Statement:

The policy shall be made readily available to all students, employees, and third parties, utilizing multiple media of communication, including student orientations and catalogs, new employee orientations, campus websites and publications and policy brief sessions. All offices with direct services to students such as Student Affairs, Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence (CTLE), and third party partners such as The Leahy Clinic, Food Services, and all offices linked to Academic Affairs (including but not limited to Deans Offices, Student Advising Centers) and all offices linked to personnel services such as Office Human Resources; shall make this policy available to all they serve through publications, training sessions, and orientation sessions
Training and Policy Brief Sessions through the Office of Equity and Diversity
1. Training for all employees is available as follows:
  • Orientation sessions to new employees (including faculty,staff and student employees)
  • Training for all managers and individuals in a supervisory role
  • Training for all faculty through the Dean’s Offices
  • Information sessions for student groups
  • Refreshers and reviews when there is a policy change or upon request by the   supervisors to address concerns
 2. Training for Individuals participating in complaint and resolution procedures such as:   
  •  members of the investigative panel, members of the hearing panel pool, members appointed to the Appellate Board, complaint process support persons,
  • individuals for whom discrimination and harassment training has been requested as partial fulfillment of a disciplinary process.
3. Training types:
  • 2 hour Initial training with understanding that overall training is required to keep the members current or to address changes to policy or procedure
  • Updates, refresher courses and new case law are shared with team members on a regular basis to keep them current.
Training includes but is not limited to:
University Policy and related State and Federal Laws, definitions and types of discrimination, harassment, hostile environment, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual assault  (the University adopts Title VII, Title IX,  EEOC and OCR language), role and responsibility, provisions therein and related laws (State and Federal), case law, compliance obligations, complaint and resolution processes and procedures, standards of evidence, strategies for prevention, effects, provisions and resources for those affected by violations of the policy.
Training Schedus
  • Fall and spring Terms - new and student employees a minimum of 8 - 90 minute sessions offered. More can be scheduled as requested.
  • For current schedule, please click here.
  • Faculty oriented session sare designed to fit and can be offered during regular faculty meetings. a minimum of 30 minutes for a policy brief is required. To schedule, please contact the University's Title VII and IX Officer, Jennifer LaPorta at or call X6645.
For current policies please see:
University of Scranton Non-discrimination and Anti-harassment Policy
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy

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Offered by the Office of Equity and Diversity for Faculty, Administrators, Staff and Students

Training Sessions Overview

Diversity Awareness Training:

Diversity Awareness workshops are provided semi-annually for all employees of the University. Employees from all departments are encouraged to attend.

"Diversity training helps organizations to: build an institutional culture that incorporates differences; develops multicultural teams; recruit and retain a diverse workforce; resolve conflict between employees; reduce employee turnover; and promote employee productivity," (National Multicultural Institute).

We pride ourselves on building a diverse community, to ensure the public that we are a community of scholars.

Cultural Competence Training:

Cultural Competence Training is also provided semi-annually for all employees of the University. Training will help individuals at The University of Scranton become aware of assumptions, fears, biases and stereotypes and other learned behaviors that may interfere with communication between diverse groups of people.

"The purpose of diversity training is o help individuals and organizations examine their assumptions about diversity and assist them to become more culturally competent," (National Multicultural Institute).

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training:

The University of Scranton has a written and published Sexual Harassment Policy. To show support for this policy, a quarterly training session is provided to ensure comprehension and update employees of the University on developments in the policy, terms, and concepts. The training also informs employees what constitutes as a violation of the University policy as well as legislative under Title VII.

Diversity Conference:

The Office hosts conferences for employees throughout the year. A Diversity Conference Planning Committee has been assembled by the Director of Equity and Diversity.

Search Committee Training:

In the hiring process, OED serves as a resource for lawful interviewing procedures to ensure that the University is in compliance with the federal laws governing equal employment opportunity, and in keeping with our Strategic Plan which includes an affirmative action plan.

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