Preventing Sexual Harassment Training

This required course, "Preventing Sexual Harassment," provides an overview of Princeton's policy prohibiting sexual harassment, helps individuals identify types of behavior that may violate our policies, and outlines the procedures and campus resources for reporting instances of sexual harassment. Through interactive quizzes and scenarios, this program covers the nuances and subtleties that exist in situations where sexual harassment can occur.

Why is this program important?

Sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, is a particularly insidious form of hostile behavior that violates both University policy and state and federal law. It is something for which we must all have "zero tolerance." Every member of our faculty and staff should be able to recognize, address, and help prevent instances of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment.

Why are we being required to take this program?

Recent federal guidance, laws and regulations have shifted the landscape related to sexual harassment and require prevention awareness training programs to include specific information that has been incorporated into this revised online program.  In addition to new required content on sexual misconduct which appears in Princeton’s Policy on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct, (e.g., prohibition of intimate relationship violence, non-consensual sexual contact, and stalking, and the definitions of these terms; the definition of “consent”; and information on support resources and reporting options after an incident of sexual misconduct occurs), the program also contains information on Princeton’s policy requiring all employees to report suspected illegal activity.

Is it mandatory to complete the online program? What are the consequences for not completing it?

Federal compliance obligations require that all newly hired Princeton employees complete this program.  The University has decided to make the program mandatory for all current and new staff and faculty.  Failure to complete the mandatory training will be considered a performance issue and could be addressed as a disciplinary matter.

I heard that the online program is mandatory for all employees. I took online training a few months ago. Do I still have to take it?

If you completed the program in 2015, you do not have to take the program again during this roll-out and you will not receive a personalized web link to access the program.  However, some departments have decided that it is important for everyone on their staff to take this revised course, and those employees will receive a web link to access the program, in which case they do need to complete the training.

How do I access the program?

You will receive an email from Workplace Answers, the vendor from whom we license the program, which will contain a personalized web link and instructions to access the program.

Will new hires have to complete the program?

Newly hired staff and faculty will have 30 days from their date of hire or appointment to complete the program.  They will receive an email containing a personalized web link to access the program.

I am a visiting staff/faculty member. Do I need to complete the program?

The University has determined that it is important that visiting staff and faculty also complete the program.  These individuals will receive a personalized web link to access the program from the vendor, Campus Answers.

I am a five-month casual or short-term professional. Do I need to complete the program?

The University has determined that it is important that casual staff and short-term professionals also complete the program.  These individuals will receive a personalized web link to access the program from the vendor, Campus Answers.

I am a lecturer who is reappointed each spring to teach a specific class. Will I be required to complete the program each semester that I am reappointed?

Your completion record is tied to your employee ID number.  Once you have completed the program, you will not be notified to take it again for at least three years, when the University may decide to roll out a refresher program.

Are students also required to complete this program?

Graduate students who will be serving as Assistants in Instruction for the first time this year will also complete this program. First-year undergraduate and graduate students are mandated to take a different online program that is geared toward students on the topic of sexual violence.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

On average, it should take 30-45 minutes to complete the program.  The length of time to complete the program depends on how fast an individual reads and the level of detail they wish to read; there are links with additional information embedded in the program.

Do I have to complete the entire course in one sitting?

No, you may start and stop the program as often as you wish. Your place will be automatically bookmarked for you when you return to the program.

May I take the course during work hours, or do I have to take it on my own time?

Yes, you may complete the course during work hours.  Managers, especially those who supervise hourly staff, will be informed to encourage their staff to take the course during work hours instead of “off-the clock.”  Hourly employees should be released from duty to complete the program; they should not be encouraged to complete the program off-the-clock.

I do not have regular daily access to a computer for my position and/or I am not proficient using a computer. Is there a way for me to complete the program?

Arrangements will be made to provide computer access to employees who do not use computers on a regular, daily basis as part of their jobs.  Kiosks and computer clusters will be staffed in relevant areas for employees to complete the program. If you are a supervisor or manager of staff who need access to a computer kiosk, please contact your HR representative to coordinate scheduling.

I have limited proficiency understanding written English. Will the University provide support so that I may complete the program?

Arrangements will be made to provide quasi-live group sessions in other languages for employees with limited English proficiency.  If you are a supervisor or manager of staff who could benefit from a quasi-live session, please contact your HR representative as soon as possible to identify the employee(s) and language(s) needed.  Session dates and languages offered will be coordinated once the number of employees and languages needed are identified.

Will I be graded on my answers, and will my supervisor see the results?

No, you will not be graded on your answers.  The only information that your manager or supervisor will receive is whether you have completed the course.  Managers will receive periodic reports showing the program completions in their departments.

Will I get a certificate of completion?

There is an option at the end of the program to print out a certificate of completion.  

I suspect that I have heard about or witnessed an incident of sexual harassment in my department. What should I do?

If you suspect that you have witnessed or heard about sexual harassment or another form of sexual misconduct in your department, you must report it.  Contact your manager, if appropriate; you may also contact your HR representative or the Title IX Coordinator, Michele Minter (, 609-258-6110).  If you wish to remain anonymous, you may make a report online to the EthicsPoint Hotline (or by phone at 1-866-478-9804).

Who should I contact if I have questions about completing the online program or obtaining a record of my completion?

If you have questions about the program or your completion record, you may contact Regan Crotty, Director, Title IX Administration (, 609-258-7411).

Who should I contact if I have questions about Princeton’s policy or the program content?

If you have questions about Princeton’s Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy, you may contact Regan Crotty, Title IX Administrator (, 609-258-7411).