Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

In 2018, New York State enacted a requirement that all employers, including the University at Buffalo, ensure that their employees complete sexual harassment prevention training by October 9, 2019.   

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is providing two different options for completing the training:  an online program through UBlearns, and in-person sessions.  EDI is offering open sessions that employees can register for.  Departments, schools, and administrative units can also choose to schedule a dedicated in-person session for their employees. 

Online Training

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has developed an online program that meets all New York State requirements for sexual harassment prevention training.  This program is available in UBlearns, and is comprised of three sections:

  1. A PowerPoint and narrative that explain the definition of sexual harassment, examples of harassing conduct, options for reporting internally and to external enforcement agencies, prohibitions against retaliation for reporting harassment, and the obligations of supervisors of managers when they become aware of harassing conduct.  This program also informs faculty and professional staff of their obligations to report sexual harassment and sexual violence that students disclose to them or that they become aware of. 
  2. A link to the Discrimination and Harassment Policy, along with an acknowledgement of the policy
  3. A post-test with case studies
Employees can take the online training in their office or wherever they have access to UBlearns, at a time that is convenient for them.

Accessing the Course

The University at Buffalo is offering an online harassment prevention course in UBlearns.  Completing this course is one way of meeting your obligation to receive sexual harassment prevention training.

Ensure you are using the current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari as your browser (not supported with IE - Internet Explorer). 

All employees will take the training via UBlearns 

  1. Open Chrome, Firefox, or Safari as your browser.  Log into UBlearns using your UBIT name and password.
  2. To enroll in the course, Select the ‘Courses’ tab at the top.
  3.  Enter ‘2019 Sexual Harassment Prevention’ into the Course Search box, Select the 'Go' button.
  4. You will see the course listed in the bottom half of the screen, next to ADM_EDI_1019 2019 select the 'down arrow' button and enroll.
  5. Click the 'submit' button – you will see a message that you are enrolled into the course.
  6. Click the 'OK' button (lower right-hand corner) and the course will launch.  You will see an introductory greeting from President Tripathi.
  7. Click the “Assignments” tab on the left-hand side.  You will see a link titled, “SUNY Model Sexual Harassment Training - University at Buffalo.”  Click on this link to open the PowerPoint.  The PowerPoint may take a minute to load.
  8. Once the PowerPoint has loaded, go to “Slide Show” and select “From Beginning” to start the training.
  9. When the PowerPoint narrative is complete, return to the “Assignments” tab in UBlearns and select “Mark Reviewed.”  A link to UB’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy will appear.  Click on the link.
  10. Review the Discrimination and Harassment Policy  When you have finished, return to the “Assignments” tab in UBlearns and acknowledge receipt of the policy by selecting “Mark Reviewed.”  The UB Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Quiz will then appear.
  11. Click on the link and complete the quiz.  When you have successfully passed the quiz, select “Mark Reviewed.”  Your completion will be reflected in EDI’s records.


  1. Turn your computer speakers on if you would like to listen to the course narrator.
  2. If you are using a mobile device to access the course, you may need to complete the course in a web browser on your device.
  3. View the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Equity, Diversity and Inclusion by email at, or by phone at (716) 645-2266 for additional assistance. 
If you have difficulties accessing the training, please call the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) at (716) 645-2266.

The University at Buffalo will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure individuals with disabilities have equal access to the training content. Please contact Equity, Diversity and Inclusion by email at, or by phone at (716) 645-2266 for assistance.

In-Person Sessions

EDI will be providing live, 30-minute training sessions for departments and employees who would prefer an in-person training.  These sessions will include all of the New York State-required information, as well as information for faculty and professional staff about their obligation to report when they become aware of sexual harassment or sexual violence experienced by students.

Open Sessions

Employees may register for an open session on the North, South, or Downtown Campuses.

North Campus

Date Time Location
September 4, 2019 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
210 Student Union
September 16, 2019 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Student Union Theatre
September 26, 2019 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Student Union Theatre
October 1, 2019
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Student Union 145
October 7, 2019 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
210 Student Union

South Campus

Date Time Location
September 10, 2019 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
150 Farber
September 18, 2019 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
150 Farber
October 2, 2019 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
150 Farber

Downtown Campus

Date Time Location
September 11, 2019 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
JSMBS 2200 A&B
September 24, 2019 - Cancelled 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
JSMBS 2213 A&B
October 3, 2019 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
JSMBS 2213 A&B

Departmental Sessions

Supervisors, managers, and unit leaders can schedule an in-person training for employees in their area.  Complete a training request form and indicate "Sexual Harassment" in the topic section.