Hillsborough Community College values mutual respect, equal access and equal opportunity for all students, faculty and staff. These values will result in a positive, diverse and inclusive work and learning environment. In an effort to ensure that these principles are understood and practiced, our Equity Office is providing on-line training and tutorials for HCC employees. These training modules will serve as a vehicle to raise the College community's level of knowledge on the importance of understanding and valuing diversity. I strongly encourage you to carefully go through these self-study programs and mastery tests.
We have a responsibility to teach tolerance and promote the concept that our cultural, religious and racial differences are to be embraced. Harassment and discrimination have no place on our campuses, in our offices, or within our institution and therefore will not be tolerated. If you know of anyone who has been a victim of harassment or experiencing a hostile work environment, please contact our District Equity Office at 813-253-7037.
We want to strength and preserve a healthy work and learning environment at HCC.
Ken Awater, Ph.D.
President, Hillsborough Community College
On December 12, 2016, the Equity & Diversity/Title IX Office will issue an online training module titled, “Sexual Harassment: Policy and Prevention,” to all part-time and full-time faculty and staff, including Adjunct Faculty at Hillsborough Community College. Employees hired post November 14, 2016 will also be receiving the online training no later than Monday, December 12, 2016. The deadline to complete the online training will be March 31, 2017; however, early completions are strongly encouraged.
Consistent with HCC’s objective and federal compliance mandates, our policy and practice at the college is to maintain a work environment free of all forms of harassment –one where faculty, staff, and students are treated with dignity, respect, and courtesy. The college’s work environment is defined as anywhere HCC’s employees are conducting business on behalf of the college, including college-sponsored events. A harassment-free work environment also means no forms of sexual harassment, which is unacceptable in HCC’s work environment.
At the conclusion of the online training module, you will:
· Learn strategies on how to handle sexual harassment concerns.
· Understand sexual harassment in the workplace.
· Handle sexual harassment complaints, remedies for sexual harassment victims, and sexual harassment policy considerations.
· Earn a Certificate of Completion to substantiate faculty and staff professional development, which can be applied towards those pursuing tenure track or additional staff development training.
We strongly encourage you to complete the “Sexual Harassment: Policy & Prevention” online training module for HCC to meet federal compliance requirements by March 31, 2017. If you have any questions, of course, please feel free to contact the Equity & Diversity/Title IX Office at (813) 253-7037.
All HCC employees are obligated to participate in workshops each year in order to prevent any actions or situations that may be construed as harassment or discrimination.
After you complete the training, you will automatically be able to print out a certificate verifying your mastery of the skills from these modules. You may place these certificates in your personnel file or frame them for your own enjoyment.
You may contact the Office of Equity & Diversity at (813) 253-7043 if you have any questions or comments regarding this training.