Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

New York State requires that all employers, including the University at Buffalo, ensure that their employees complete sexual harassment prevention training annually.   

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion provides a brief online sexual harassment prevention program through UB Learns. Departments, schools, and administrative units can also choose to schedule a dedicated Zoom session for their employees.  If you completed sexual harassment prevention training from a different organization this calendar year, you may upload your completion information, and this will satisfy UB's requirement.

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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 UB Learns, 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 wherever they have access to UB Learns, at a time that is convenient for them.

Live Sessions

Supervisors, managers, unit leaders, and training liaisons can schedule a live training for employees in their area.  Complete a training request form and indicate "Sexual Harassment" in the topic section.  EDI can also join a regular meeting of your department, school, or area to provide this training.  

During the COVID-19 pandemic, EDI is encouraging departments to schedule live trainings remotely through Zoom.  We also recognize that not all UB employees use a computer as part of their job duties.  EDI will work with departments to discuss options that will allow everyone to receive sexual harassment prevention training.

In order to accurately record who attended the trainings, training liaisons or meeting organizers should send a roster to EDI with the attendees' names and person numbers upon completion of the training.  EDI can send a pre-populated department, school, or area roster to you prior to the training session upon request to facilitate tracking.

If You've Completed Training Elsewhere

Many people with UB appointments have taken training elsewhere.  This training will count toward meeting UB's requirements if it meets guidelines established by the New York State Division of Human Rights.