Freedom From Discrimination and Harassment Online Training

November 13, 2017

Dear colleagues,

Every year it is important to re-familiarize yourself with College policies and resources as they are revised from time to time.  In addition to the Freedom from Discrimination and Harassment policy and training highlighted below, please take a few minutes to review the following important policies:

Bowdoin College is committed to providing a working and a learning community that is free from harassment and discrimination. As a College community, we support an environment that recognizes the worth and potential of every individual and accords respect and civility to all.

To ensure all faculty and staff are provided with ongoing education regarding what is considered appropriate workplace conduct, how to recognize all forms of discriminatory and sexual harassment, and what to do in case they witness it, we are asking you to complete an interactive, online training* developed by our insurer, United Educators. 

The training takes about 45 – 60 minutes.  Please read through the Freedom from Discrimination and Harassment policy in the Employee Handbook before taking the online program.  Your completion of the program will indicate to us that you have read and understood our College policy and can recognize workplace harassment.  It is College policy that all:

  • faculty and supervisors, including those who supervise casual employees and student workers, are required to complete training every other year;
  • non-supervisory employees, including casuals, are encouraged to complete the training at minimum every three years;
  • newly hired employees (faculty, staff and casuals) are required to complete the training upon hire as consistent with Maine State law.

New this year, workplace harassment training completion is now being tracked in Workday in the employee profile under the ‘Certifications’ tab. Employees and their supervisor can access this information. Going forward Workday will generate an e-mail reminder to employees letting them know that they are due for training, whether it is their first time completing this or a renewal.

If you have any comments or questions about Bowdoin’s policy, or would like more information regarding the identification and prevention of sexual harassment, please contact the Office of Human Resources, x3837.

Thank you,

Elizabeth McCormack                                     Tama Spoerri
Dean for Academic Affairs                              Vice President for Human Resources

* Log on to Blackboard https://blackboard.bowdoin.edu/, Bowdoin’s web-based course and organization management system. If you are not familiar with this, please follow these directions:

  • On your computer, open a web browser (Firefox is recommended; Chrome and Safari are also compatible. Please do not use Internet Explorer)
  • Type https://blackboard.bowdoin.edu/ into the URL box. Click the Enter key on the keyboard
  • On the login screen, enter your Bowdoin username and password (the same login credentials that you use for webmail)
  • Now logged in, go to the “Organizations” box and click on the pull down to expand it and allow you to see your choices
  • Look for “Bowdoin College Compliance Training” and click on the link. Look for the “Workplace Harassment: Fundamentals” folder and click on it. This takes you to the “Workplace Harassment: Fundamentals” course link. Click on this and the UE EduRisk training module will open for you to begin.
  • Upon completion, you will end on a screen thanking you for taking the time to complete the course. A certificate of completion is not generated however; HR is able to run a report that confirms the completion status of all employees.