To educate staff and faculty on the importance of non-discrimination and the prevention of sexual harassment in the work environment and classroom, each Montana State University campus requires all employees (faculty, all Graduate Teaching Assistants, Graduate Research Assistants, Administrators and staff members) to complete discrimination and harassment prevention training on a biennial basis. All new employees and Graduate Teaching Assistants and Graduate Research Assistants are required to complete the online training program (or an equivalent training program approved by the Office of Institutional Equity or Human Resources) within the first 45 days of employment. Temporary employees and student employees may be required to complete the training program at the discretion of the Office of Institutional Equity or Human Resources and/or in conjunction with the department of hire. Supervisors shall support the employee in providing a reasonable amount of work time for the employee to complete the training program. Training programs can be selected from resources such as online programs, presentations or self-study options as determined and pre-approved by administration and/or the Office of Institutional Equity or Human Resources.
Accessing the Discrimination and Harassment Training Program:. Go to My Info at https://atlas.montana.edu:9000/pls/bzagent/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage.
. Click on Enter Secure Area and log-in.
. Click on the tab titled My Apps towards the top of the page.
. On your list of Application(s) you should see Discrimination and Harassment Training listed. Click on it.
. You should see a page that gives a brief overview of the training and has a Start Training button.
. When you are ready, click the Start Training button to begin.
. Depending on your browser, you may need to scroll down to see the Next button to advance through the training.
. Please note: If you begin the training but are not able to complete it and you need to resume where you left off, you will need to access it from the same computer that you began the training on.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Discrimination and Harassment Training mandatory training for all employees?
- Yes, Montana State University requires all employees (faculty, administrators, and staff members) to complete discrimination and harassment training on a biennial basis. A policy was developed and open for comment in Spring 2011 and can be located at this link: http://www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/aa200.html#sec200_00_training
I tried to access the Discrimination and Harassment Training but got an "error" or "forbidden" page?
- If you have trouble accessing the training, please let us know as this should not happen.
Is the Discrimination and Harassment Training mandatory for Teaching Assistants (TA), Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA), Graduate Research Assistants (GRA) and student workers?
- GRAs, GTAs and TAs are required to complete the training.
- Short term workers/temporary workers and student employees can be requested to take the training at the discretion of the department. However, if one classification/status of workers is asked to complete the training, all workers in the classification/status should complete the training.
How long does the training take?
- The training should take 45 minutes to an hour.
Does the training include some sort of quiz or test, or is it only reading material?
- The training consists of reading material and short video clips and is grouped into sections. If the computer is not flash enabled, you will be able to read a transcript of the video clip. At the end of each section there is a short quiz which will give feedback immediately after completion.
By what date does the training have to be complete?
- Please try to have the training completed as soon as possible.
What is the sanction if someone does not complete the training?
- As of this time, we are not considering sanctions. In the spirit of promoting an environment free of discrimination and harassment, we are hopeful that employees will see the benefit of taking this training for education and awareness on how to prevent discrimination and harassment in the classroom and workplace. The OIE will routinely generate reports to review the status of completion. Supervisors/Directors/Deans will be notified if their employees have not completed the training.
Does the training have to be completed in one sitting?
- The training can be saved and resumed unlimited times for 5 days after initial sign-in. Please note: You will need to access the training from the same computer that you initiated the training program.
While in the training program, you will see a navigation panel on the left side of the screen. There is a Save option here, as well as a Resume option.
Click Save before you exit the training web page.
When you want to resume the training, click:
Enter My Apps - Discrimination and Harassment Training - Resume (located on the navigation panel).
Can employees take the training on their own time and claim overtime/comp time for completing it?
- The training is a work related task and supervisors should encourage employees to complete the training. With the option of resuming the training within 5 days of beginning it, there is no reason to expect an employee to have to take the training outside of regular work time.
How will new employees be notified to take the training?
- New employees are required to complete the training within the first 30 days of employment. The OIE is a regular presenter at New Employee Orientation and the training program will be explained at this training. In addition, if new employees do not attend New Employee Orientation, they will be notified by OIE of this requirement and OIE will monitor the completion rate. As well, supervisors are encouraged to promote the training as an initial new hire task when a new employee begins work.
What if an employee does not have access to a computer during their normal job duties and responsibilities?
- It is highly preferred that employees complete the training online. If the employee does not have access to "My Info" then we will work on doing group presentations. However, we would recommend that the employee be provided access to a computer in order to complete the training or perhaps, time to go to a place with a computer (i.e. the Library or SUB).