As we begin closing out the year and begin planning for a new semester, we also look ahead to positive changes at Wichita State. One area of growth we’re pleased to share is being led by our Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC).
The goal of this work is to increase education and awareness of federal non-discrimination laws, sexual and campus safety, and to expand the accessibility and transparency of OIEC resources and processes.
A recent survey aimed at gauging Title IX awareness and prevention indicated that 70% of employees and 63% of students feel discrimination and harassment training should be mandatory. Based on those survey results, we will now require all faculty and staff to complete discrimination and harassment prevention training annually.
Starting today, Dec. 6, the “Preventing Harassment and Discrimination” training will be accessible on the Faculty/Staff tab on the myWSU page under “Employee Required Training.” Student employees can access the training on the myFinances tab under “Student Required Training.”
Employees are required to complete this training once every academic year. The completion deadline for all current employees is Feb. 1, 2022.
Consistent with the survey and the Student Government Association’s resolution supporting mandatory Sexual Assault Prevention training, a student version of this training was made mandatory for all WSU students this past fall.
OIEC is committed to ensuring a work and educational environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. OIEC is a university resource and encourages Wichita State community members to reach out with any questions about related policies and processes.
Thank you for your cooperation and support for this important initiative.
Dr. Rick Muma, president
Mike Irvin, interim executive director of Institutional Equity and Compliance