Unlawful Harassment Prevention Program

Rutgers is committed to fostering an academic and work environment that is free from unlawful harassment. In keeping with this commitment, Rutgers strives to educate faculty and staff on the prevention of unlawful harassment on campus and in the workplace through a series of online training courses. This web-based suite of courses, “Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence: Title IX, VAWA, and Clery Act for Faculty and Staff,” and the “Unlawful Harassment Prevention Program,” are courses designed to help faculty and staff recognize situations that may involve unlawful harassment, and respond appropriately to harassment complaints. The courses train employees on how to prevent of harassment based on protected categories (e.g., race, sex, age, religion, and sexual orientation); they review the importance of receiving and report incidents of sexual misconduct; and the courses emphasize the prohibition against retaliation for filing complaints of discrimination and harassment.

Employees will receive directions from University Human Resources as to which training course(s) to complete based on their job classification. Faculty and staff will receive an email including a personalized link to the course ("registration message"). Please retain this registration message for future access to the course. Employees will have 30 days to complete the appropriate training course(s) once they receive their registration email. If you have any questions about this program, please contact the Office of Employment Equity or at (848) 932-3973.

 

Accessing the Program

    • Please take your course(s) during your scheduled workday unless your supervisor directs otherwise.
      • The course(s) can be taken on any computer with access to the internet and equipped with Adobe Flash Player.
        • To access the course, click on the personalized link embedded in the email you receive. The link is personalized for your account alone; please do not forward or share this link.
          • Use this personalized link to resume the course, or to review material at a later date. You do not need to complete all of the training in one sitting. If you need to return to the training, the program will bring you back to where you left off in the course.
            • If you have not received your registration message, please check your spam email folder.
              • Employees who have not provided the university with their email addresses will not be registered for the Unlawful Harassment Prevention courses. To provide this information, please update your information at https://personalinfo.rutgers.edu.
                • If you have received a registration message and are no longer working at Rutgers University, please disregard this message.

                   

                  DVD Library for Faculty and Supervisors

                  The Office of Employment Equity offers a DVD Library for faculty and supervisors that includes materials on such topics as diversity, ethics, solving conflict in the workplace, interviewing, manging, giving constructive criticism, and preventing sexual harassment. The DVDs may be used for individual education, departmental training sessions, or class instruction.

                  DVDs may be borrowed by Rutgers employees for up to 7 days by calling the Office of Employment Equity at 848-932-3973. DVDs may be viewed on standard DVD players and on computers with DVD components.

                  DVD Collection:

                   

                  A Class Divided

                  In 1970, an innovative teacher attempted a daring experiment in her elementary school classroom. To evaluate how racial stereotypes affect young children, Jane Elliott divided her class between those with blue eyes and those with brown and gave blue-eyed children preferential treatment. This classic program presents the long-term effects of racial stereotyping in schools and suggests how new approaches can make a positive difference with students and teachers. The DVD also includes follow-up interviews with the original classmates who share how this experience changed their attitudes.

                  © 1986 | 60 minutes | English | Check out just the original documentary: Eye of the Storm

                  Avoiding Litigation Landmines: A Survival Guide for Managers

                  One in every five managers will find him or herself in litigation at some time during his or her career. This program uses a compelling dramatization to teach managers not only how to avoid litigation landmines, but how to turn them into positive tools for unlocking the potential of the individuals within their work force.

                  © 2005 | 30 minutes | English and Spanish

                  Between You and Me: Solving Conflict

                  This DVD offers practical and effective ways to resolve both interpersonal and professional conflicts at work. The program uses realistic role plays to help employees embrace teamwork and solve their own conflicts without management intervention.

                  © 2005 | 28 minutes | English, Spanish and Portuguese

                  Diversity: Food For Thought

                  This unique program uses conversations between the owner of a diner and his diverse customers to emphasize the importance of understanding and accepting individual differences. The video also encourages employees to build relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, to find common ground, and to look for the best in others.

                  The program engages and enlightens viewers by focusing on the kinds of changes we can make that will positively impact our attitudes and improve our work relationships. Competing in today's business world means capitalizing on each and every advantage you've got. So, recognizing the value of diversity isn't just smart, it's absolutely necessary.

                  Viewers will learn about:

                  • Respecting individual differences
                  • The importance of open communication
                  • Dealing with conflict

                  © 2003| 20 minutes | English

                  Ethics 4 Everyone

                  With issues of integrity and accountability in the daily news, perhaps it’s time for a refresher course in ethics. This program covers it all—from taking home a few office supplies, to ethnic jokes, and more. Narrated by ethicist Eric Harvey, co-author of the best-selling “Walk the Talk” book series, these lessons have helped more than three-quarters of Fortune magazine’s “Most Admired Companies” turn values into value-added results.

                  Ethics 4 Everyone teaches viewers:

                  • The Three R’s of ethics: respect, responsibility, and results
                  • How to say ‘no’ with tact
                  • How to manage conflicting rights
                  • How to ‘walk the (ethics) talk’

                  Ethics 4 Everyone illustrates the cause-and-effect of corporate and individual responsibility, offering doable solutions, including how to make decisions that ensure a greater ethical response to professional issues.

                  © 2002 | 15 minutes | English

                  Eye of the Storm

                  This best-selling program, produced by ABC News, was the first video to document Jane Elliott's courageous undertaking to help her third grade class understand the meaning of prejudice.

                  Following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Ms. Elliott sought to impress upon her students the significance of Dr. King’s mission. Living in the homogenous farming community of Riceville, Iowa, many of her students harbored subtle and not so subtle prejudices despite the fact that many of them had never even seen a black person before.  So where did these prejudices come from? And, more importantly, how could she make them understand how arbitrary and unfair they were?

                  This DVD chronicles her now famous exercise, where she divides her class based upon the color of their eyes and bestows upon one group privileges and on the other group impediments. The program shows how easily prejudicial attitudes can lead to frustration, broken friendships and vicious behavior.

                  © 2003 | 26 minutes | English | You may also like the follow-up DVD: A Class Divided

                  Interviewing: Getting Beyond the Image

                  Job applicants arrive ready to “audition for the part,” armed with just the right image for the job. As an interviewer, however, you want to know more than what is presented to you. This program offers tips for developing interview questions, using behavioral and situational questions to predict future behavior, and techniques to use in committee interviews.

                  © 1996 | 27 minutes | English, Spanish and Portuguese

                  It’s About Respect: Recognizing Harassment in a Diverse Workplace

                  Harassment represents one of the most destructive workplace issues faced by public and private employers today. Now more than ever, it's important to train all personnel to recognize the various forms that harassment may take and implement measures to prevent it in your organization. In addition to sexual harassment, there are liability issues associated with harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, age and other characteristics protected by law. Harassment can take the form of jokes, negative stereotyping, hostile acts or simple thoughtless comments. In addition to the costs associated with legal liability, harassment has a profoundly negative effect on individuals, inflicting emotional stress, lowering employee morale and reducing productivity at work.

                  This program will raise awareness regarding harassment and explain the dos and don'ts of creating a respectful work environment for everyone.

                  © 2007 | 21 minutes | English, Spanish

                  Opening Lines: Understanding Respect

                  Understanding Respect is a five-minute meeting opener/closer that introduces fundamental and important concepts for promoting respect, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

                  © 2004 | 5 min | English

                  Performance Matters: Need for Constructive Criticism

                  Hosted by John Cleese

                  Nobody enjoys being criticized, which is why few managers relish the prospect of criticizing their staff, yet is has to be done. Everyone makes mistakes, but no one can be allowed to go on making the same mistake, and people shouldn’t have to wait until an appraisal to discover they have done something wrong. This DVD highlights the importance of constructive criticism, preventing the recurrence of mistakes and improving staff performance. The program also:

                  • Helps managers understand that criticism is an essential part of a manager’s responsibilities
                  • Shows why people should only be criticized for what they’ve done and not for who they are
                  • Emphasizes how criticism, presented badly, can make things worse
                  • Lays down seven rules for ensuring that criticism is offered effectively and without acrimony

                  © 2005 | 24 min | English with option for on-screen English subtitles

                  Priorities for Life, a 6 Part Series

                  Every individual in your organization has a unique potential for trust, energy, commitment, and ingenuity. Yet most of this capacity is never accessed. The Priorities for Life Series is made up of six distinctive videos, each offering highly practical guidance, a vital and motivational theme, and uncommon reminders for bringing out more of the best in ourselves and others. The titles in the series are: Leadership, Priorities, Change, Capacity and Energy, Excelling in a Changing World, and Reaching the Next Level and Beyond.

                  This DVD can be easily integrated into training programs such as leadership development, change management, motivation, time mastery, stress reduction, and work-life balance. This DVD provides viewers with memorable, thought-provoking, and actionable reminders.

                  © 2001 | Clips are 5 to 6 min each | English

                  Sexual Harassment Claims: What the Law Demands

                  Five forms of sexual harassment are addressed through scenarios including: employee to supervisor, faculty to student, supervisor to employee, same sex and peer to peer. Also includes: historical development of the law, the Cole-Hustoles protocol for “How to Investigate a Sexual Harassment Claim,” pertinent case law, expert commentaries on all scenarios, how to manage administrative issues and links to related information.

                  © 1999 | An interactive DVD | English

                  Sexual Harassment New Perspectives

                  The cost of sexual harassment extends beyond the monetary and takes a significant toll on employee morale and retention. This DVD drives home key training points by focusing on the perspective of the victim. Realistic and subtle scenarios in a variety of work settings clearly demonstrate:

                  • The negative impact of sexual harassment
                  • The importance of understanding others’ perspectives
                  • How to avoid “unintentional” harassment
                  • The need for victims to speak up

                  Also included:

                  • Informative training points and bonus material for refresher or training talks
                  • A customizable PowerPoint® presentation
                  • Video-enriched training organized by learning objectives that facilitates discussion
                  • A printable Leader’s Guide
                  • Resourceful web links to organizations such as OSHA, FEMA, NSC and the CDC, where viewers can download and print information on regulatory standards.

                  © 2005 | 20 minutes | English and Spanish

                  The 10 Commandments of Communicating with People with Disabilities

                  Tens of thousands of people have learned and laughed with The Ten Commandments of Communicating With People With Disabilities. It's training that uses humorous vignettes to deliver its disability awareness message.

                  With over 53 million Americans having a disability, large corporations as well as small companies use this outstanding media program to train employees, improve customer service and avoid losing talented employees due to ignorance or awkwardness. Human service agencies get “double duty” from this program when they utilize it to train their own staff and the community about disability etiquette.

                  © 1994 | 26 minutes | English

                  Village of 100

                  If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing ratios remaining the same, what would it look like? In three minutes, this program statistically approximates what that village would be like.

                  These dramatic figures underscore the need for both tolerance and understanding in our modern world.

                  Key Learning Points:

                  • The importance of diversity
                  • Understanding the diverse workplace
                  • The value of accepting others’ differences
                  • How we ourselves are part of the diversity of the world
                  • The need for tolerance and understanding

                  Additional study materials are also included:

                  • Village of 100 Activity Sheet
                  • Facilitator’s Guide
                  • PowerPoint Presentation

                  © 2006 | 3 minutes | English

                  Without Regard to Race, Religion, Sex, National Origin, Age, or Disability

                  Whether intentional or by accident, employers who violate workplace discrimination laws face stiff legal and costly penalties, negative publicity, low employee morale and other consequences. Often times it’s the subtle comments, innuendos and stereotypes that are part of everyday workplace conversations that put organizations at risk.

                  Without Regard takes its anti-discrimination message to a unique level. The course teaches participants that by following six unarguable principles — Respect, Integrity, Honesty, Trust, Responsibility and Citizenship — discrimination can be prevented. Participants will also learn the definition of employment discrimination and view examples of discriminatory or harassing behaviors through 10 personal stories. A legal viewpoint explanation follows each of the 10 personal stories, as well as an explanation of the principles that can guide employees and managers through each issue.

                  © 2000 | 50 minutes | English

                  Would I Work for Me?

                  Trying to get the most out of the people you supervise and inspiring them to go that extra mile isn’t easy, but most employees will tell you that their immediate supervisor affects their productivity more than anyone else.

                  Would I Work For Me? Demonstrates a supervisor’s behavior in realistic situations—first as a newly appointed supervisor, and then as a more experienced manager who has learned from his mistakes. Viewers will learn eight effective management skills that improve motivation and productivity.

                  © 2004 | 20 minutes | English and Spanish