Required Training on Harassment and Discrimination Policies

 April 15, 2019

TO:  Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and Managers

FROM: Vincent E. Price, President
Sally Kornbluth, Provost
Tallman Trask III, Executive Vice President
Benjamin Reese, Vice President for Institutional Equity & Chief Diversity Officer
Kyle Cavanaugh, Vice President, Administration

RE:   Required Training on Harassment and Discrimination Policies

Duke is fully committed to giving our students and colleagues the opportunity to work and study without fear of harassment or discrimination. To that end, we have long required all Duke faculty and staff to complete regular training on our non-discrimination policies and expectations.

This year, we are introducing new video-based training to help clarify and provide examples of different kinds of harassment and ways to prevent it. The training takes about 35 minutes to complete and covers:

  • The nature of harassment
  • Employee rights and responsibilities
  • Your rights and responsibilities as supervisors and managers, including reporting
  • Resources available to supervisors, managers, and staff

All faculty and staff members will receive an email from Duke’s Learning Management System beginning April 16 with instructions to complete this online training by June 21, 2019. New hires will be expected to take the training within 90 days of their start date. Department heads and business managers will receive reports to confirm their team’s completion. 

Staff who do not have regular access to a computer should be provided time and access through one of Duke’s available computer stations. If your department needs a group on-site training session, please contact the Office for Institutional Equity at 919-684-8222.

Please take time in the coming days to explain the rationale for this training within your areas, encourage participation among your faculty and staff, and provide time and access as necessary once the training goes live. Your assistance in this process is greatly appreciated.

If you have questions or need additional information, contact the Office for Institutional Equity at For technical questions about accessing the training, email You can also visit the OIE website for information about diversity and inclusion services and a variety of trainings and workshops on equal opportunity, discrimination, and harassment.