|Message from President Elson S. Floyd|
|May 23, 2012|
Dear Faculty and Staff:
Part of being a world-class university is providing a workplace environment where all individuals feel safe, valued, and respected. Accordingly, Washington State University’s core values include a commitment to being an institution that demonstrates trust and respect for all persons and cultivates individual and institutional integrity in all that we do. Sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination compromise the integrity of the University and destroy the trust and respect expected in the workplace.
Eradicating discrimination and sexual harassment requires an ongoing, demonstrated commitment from all members of the University community. A truly respectful workplace involves cooperation and support from each and every employee of the institution. Therefore, effective June 1, 2012, I am requiring all current faculty, administrative professional, civil service, and bargaining unit employees to complete Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Prevention training by January 4, 2013. Current employees who attended qualifying Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Prevention training this May have met this requirement. New employees will be required to complete the training within six months of the date of hire. All employees will be required to repeat this training every five years from the date of initial training.
To achieve this goal, Human Resource Services (HRS), in collaboration with the Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO), has developed the required online training specific for WSU, which may be accessed at hrs.wsu.edu/dshp. You may also obtain answers to common questions and resource information at this site.
Area/department administrators may contact HRS to schedule in-person training for their unit, in lieu of online training. Questions regarding this training may be directed to HRS at 509-335-4521 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also find your HRS Service Team members at hrs.wsu.edu/contacts.
Questions about sexual harassment or discrimination can be directed to OEO at 509-335-8288 or email@example.com. OEO’s website is oeo.wsu.edu.
Vice presidents, chancellors, deans, and other appointing authorities will be responsible for ensuring that employees in their areas complete this mandatory training. However, I urge all of you to take individual responsibility to complete the training promptly. Together, we can have a community where all individuals feel safe, valued, and respected.
Thank you very much.
Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D.
Office of the President, Washington State University, PO Box 641048, Pullman, WA 99164-1048