University of California, San Diego


September 30, 2005


SUBJECT:    Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training -
Required by January 1, 2006

Effective January 1, 2005 (per Assembly Bill 1825), supervisors are required to have two hours of sexual harassment prevention training by January 1, 2006. The mandatory training requirement must be repeated every two years. Such preventative training will benefit the University community by improving employment practices and reducing the tremendous costs associated with sexual harassment complaints.

At UCSD, in consultation with the Academic Senate, the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs has determined that all academic appointees (including those covered by collective bargaining agreements) are required to fulfill this sexual harassment prevention training requirement.

To satisfy the requirement: There are two ways to satisfy the requirement. First, you may attend a class by signing up online through Enrollment Central (a service of Staff Education and Development) and enrolling in Sexual Harassment Prevention: The Supervisor's Survival Guide. There are many classes offered before the end of the year. Large departments may arrange for classes specifically for their departments by contacting the Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy. Second, you may take the new UC systemwide two-hour online training program chosen by the Office of the President, Workplace Answers. It is anticipated that this program will be released in mid-October, and information regarding how to sign in to the program will be available then.

Those who have recently fulfilled the requirement: Academic employees who have documented attendance at a sexual harassment prevention program offered through UCSD after January 1, 2003 do not have to take a class again this calendar year. After January 1, 2006, however, the new law requires two hours of sexual harassment prevention training every two years.

UCSD is required to track compliance with this requirement and is subject to audit under the new law. Those with questions regarding the training may contact the Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy at 534-8298 or oshpp@ucsd.edu.

Marsha A. Chandler
Senior Vice Chancellor