Workplace Harassment Prevention

Students, faculty, and staff at Washington and Lee University have the right to work and study in an environment that is free from prohibited discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation. Not only is harassment illegal - it is also disruptive to the kind of workplace we all want to be part of. All members of the campus community play a part in discouraging, responding to and preventing the types of misconduct prohibited by the University Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Other Than Sex and the Interim Sexual Discrimination and Misconduct Policy (recommended reading before taking the online course outlined below).


All employees outside of student health and counseling are encouraged to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, or stalking. Certain employees, designated as "mandatory reporters," are required to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, or stalking under University policy and applicable law.  For more information on reporting requirements and contact information:


An individual affected by sexual misconduct, whether as a complainant or a respondent has access to support resources. Lauren Kozak is the Title IX Coordinator and can be located in the Elrod Commons or by phone at 540-458-4055. Information on other resources is available at

The On-Line Course through United Educators

All employees must complete an on-line course, "Workplace Harassment Prevention - Faculty and Staff" within 31 days of employment. Department Heads and managers must complete an additional course,"Workplace Harassment Prevention - Supervisors".  The examples and scenarios used in these courses are specifically designed for colleges and universities and cover the complex issues surrounding harassment in an academic workplace. The courses remind us all of the importance of recognizing and preventing unlawful harassment in the workplace and of the standards of civility that have made W&L what it is today. 

1)      Go to 

2)      Complete the Registration form.

a.  Enter your first name, last name, email address and click "Register."
b.  You will receive a welcome email with your username and a temporary password.
c.  Follow the link in the email to sign on.
d.  You will be prompted to:                                                              

i.    Enter your temporary password
ii.   Create a new password
iii.  Create and answer a security question

3)     Complete the course - estimated at 30 minutes. (Supervisors complete the additional course - estimated at 20 minutes.)

4)     A history of your completed courses is available in "My Completions." You will also receive an email containing a link to your completion certificate, upon successful completion of the course.

Tips for Completing Courses

Need Help?

If you have issues accessing the course, or do not receive your welcome email (Step 2, b above), visit the United Educators' Support Site at

Questions about the course and W&L policies? Contact Kim Austin at

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