Nearly half of University of Michigan employees – 47 percent – have completed the mandatory online training on sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct awareness since it was introduced in May.

This includes senior leadership as all U-M Regents, executive officers and deans have completed the training as of Sept. 19.

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“The senior leadership takes this very seriously,” President Mark Schlissel said at the Sept. 19 Board of Regents meeting. “This is just one of the many changes we’ve made and resources we’ve provided under our commitment to maintain a respectful, inclusive and equitable working and learning environment free from sexual harassment and misconduct.”

The program, “Cultivating a Culture of Respect: Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Awareness,” provides employees with information about maintaining a respectful, inclusive and equitable working and learning environment free from sexual harassment and misconduct.

It includes information on confidential and non-confidential reporting resources for those affected by sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct, as well as guidance on safe, effective bystander intervention techniques. Techniques include speaking up when these behaviors occur, providing support to those affected, and referring individuals to appropriate resources.

Participation in the online program is required for all U-M employees, including those at Michigan Medicine, and temporary staff, student employees, bargained-for staff and graduate student employees.

As of Sept. 19, more than 28,800 employees had completed the training. Employees are expected to complete the training by Dec. 31.

The online education program is the first step in a multilayered approach to a series of education and training programs designed to have a lasting impact. It is part of the university’s ongoing efforts to reduce and address sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct on campus.

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