Loyola University Chicago

Human Resources

Harassment Prevention Training

Ongoing education is one way Human Resources works to foster and sustain a positive, healthy and inclusive environment. We are excited to announce the University's new online harassment prevention training program provided by one of the top Risk Management vendors, Workplace Answers. *Adjunct faculty members and newly hired faculty and staff members (as of January 25, 2017) are invited to participate in an interactive Harassment Prevention online training program. 
 *Full-time faculty and full-time and part-time staff members completed the course during spring 2017.
Please find additional details below.

Dear Colleagues,

Loyola University Chicago is committed to building and preserving a welcoming and inclusive community where everyone can work together, free from all forms of exploitation, intimidation, and harassment, including sexual harassment. Our Jesuit, Catholic mission and our commitment to upholding the dignity of every person compels us to actively foster a community that values and respects one another.

As you know, Loyola does not tolerate any form of harassment—such behavior is prohibited by law and by University policy. Ongoing education is one important way that Human Resources works to advance and sustain a positive, healthy, and inclusive environment for our mutual benefit and safety. In the coming week, full-time faculty as well as full-time and part-time staff members will be provided with information to access the online, interactive Harassment Prevention Training. This compulsory training is designed to increase awareness and to promote the prevention of any and all forms of harassment on our campuses.

Completion of this compliance training is required and is central to our efforts to ensure that all faculty and staff have the opportunity to work in a safe, respectful, and inclusive campus community. Loyola is committed to practicing responsible engagement activities, including understanding the duty to report harassment concerns that you may have.

Thank you in advance for completing this compulsory training by February 7. If you have any questions regarding this initiative, please contact Human Resources at 312.915.6175 or visit LUC.edu/hr.

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
To comply with federal regulations designed to prevent harassment in the workplace, the University is incorporating harassment prevention training as part of a workplace culture reflective of a zero-tolerance policy regarding all forms of harassment.

We are asking *adjunct faculty members and newly hired faculty and staff members (as of January 25, 2017) to participate in the required compliance training. Participation helps support our mission to create a safe, respectful and inclusive campus community committed to practicing responsible engagement activities, including understanding your duty to report harassment concerns.

* Full-time and Part-time faculty and staff completed the course during spring 2017.

The online harassment prevention training will be administered September 28 – October 26, 2017.
  • It takes approximately 45 minutes to complete using a Mac or Windows computer
  • Workplace Answers will email participants a link to access a personalized training video
    • Your Loyola Username and Password will be necessary to access the course

Adjunct faculty members will receive a course registration notification from Workplace Answers (Workplace Answers eLearning <training@workplaceanswers.com>).

Contact Human Resources at HR-Training@LUC.edu with questions. Participation reports will be shared with Human Resources for required harassment prevention training completion.

Harassment Prevention training provides participants with an opportunity to learn about harassment prevention through the lens of multiple avenues, including: 
  • Appropriate vs inappropriate social media use 
  • Harassment law
  • Liability avoidance tips
  • Reporting and resolving harassment situations
  • Types of discrimination
  • Types of harassment
  • Unlawful harassment in the workplace, including intimidating, hostile or offensive environments

Loyola University Chicago is committed to maintaining an environment which respects the dignity of all individuals and providing a work environment free from harassment. Accordingly, we will not tolerate harassment of any job seeker, faculty, staff, student or other individual present on our property based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or other factor protected by law. 

Updated: 12/8/16, 1/4/17
Here are the specific technical requirements for Workplace Answers courses, including information regarding accessibility standards that we employ. Technical support questions regarding how to access Workplace Answers Training Courses should be directed to Loyola's ITS Help Desk (helpdesk@luc.edu).
Web Browser
Web browsers are the essential Internet access tool and have become indispensable to business, education and personal communication. They are the common platform upon which Web-based applications are built, and are consistently revised and upgraded for their users. Workplace Answers has built and tested their courses to perform satisfactorily for users with the current browser versions and plug-ins listed below.
Currently Supported Operating Systems / Tablets:
  • Windows 7, 8 & 10
  • Mac OS 10.9 and later
  • For HTML5 courses: iPad Tablets with the latest iOS version, minimum 7” screen
  • For HTML5 courses: Android Tablets with versions 4.4 or later, minimum 7” screen 
Currently Supported Browser Configurations:
We support current and previous major browser releases of:
Required Technical Specifications:
  • All browsers must have session cookies and be SSL enabled
  • Flash-enabled Training Courses require the most recent version of Adobe Flash Player
  • Acrobat PDF Reader for all recommended browsers: Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Minimum screen size: 1024x768
  • Audio Soundcard enabled
  • 1Mbps broadband or high speed, for courses with audio, video, Flash or HTML5
  • Input devices: Keyboard (or equivalent) and Mouse/Trackpad (or equivalent)
Accessibility Compliance:
WPA follows the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0 AA) to ensure that our current standard offerings are accessible to as many users as possible. We are committed to creating an interactive learning experience that is available to a diverse audience.
  • We perform accessibility testing primarily in Internet Explorer 11/JAWS n-1. Other screen readers will also work but, because Assistive Technology (AT) tools and browsers all have unique requirements, we cannot predict specific behaviors as we do not fully test with screen readers other than JAWS. 
  • We do conduct selective tests in NVDA/FireFox and will evaluate other AT tools, such as Window Eyes and Zoom Text, for additional selective tests as demand in those markets increase.
WCAG 2.0 is organized around four principles of accessibility (POUR):
Principle 1: Perceivable – Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
Principle 2: Operable – User interface components and navigation must be operable
Principle 3: Understandable – Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable
Principle 4: Robust – Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies
WPA Accessibility Specifications provide detailed accessibility technical requirements for Workplace Answers eLearning courseware.
Our supporting Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) specifies how we address each of the 38 WCAG 2.0 AA success criteria.
‌A number of communications about Harassment Prevention - Phase II have been distributed to course participants as of September 2017:
September 19, 2017
September 26, 2017
  • Course opened. Participants received a course invitation from Workplace Answers.
September 28, 2017
  • ‌System-generated reminder sent to anyone who has not completed the training.‌
Week of October 9, 2017
  • System-generated reminder sent to anyone who has not completed the training.
Week of October 16, 2017
  • System-generated reminder sent to anyone who has not completed the training.
  • Lakeside Faculty Administration - Fac Post Listserv Reminder.

Week of October 23, 2017

  • System-generated reminder sent to anyone who has not completed the training.

Week of October 30, 2017

  • Course reminder notification sent to anyone who has not completed the training.