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On Do you think KU's new mandatory online sexual-harassment course will reduce discrimination and harassment?

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consumer1 2 years, 3 months ago

Before long it will be against the law to be a white heterosexual male in Lawrence.

fiddleback 2 years, 3 months ago

Yer darn tootin.' Perty soon I won’t even be able to beat ma woman when we visit Toe-peeka...

Clara Westphal 2 years, 3 months ago

I don't understand why the gay and lesbian people think they rest of us need to know about their sex life. They could help themselves by not being so 'in your face' about it. I don't go around telling everyone I am heterosexual.

George_Braziller 2 years, 3 months ago

When you give your wife a quick kiss in public, hold her hand, or walk down the street with your arm around her waist you're telling everyone you're heterosexual.

So that's OK but if I want to do the same thing with my partner of 20 years it's "in your face"?

Shane Garrett 2 years, 3 months ago

Enlightenment and education should go hand-in-hand. Treat others as you yourself would want to be treated. I think we would all like to be treated with respect and dignity.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 3 months ago

I think that some consulting firm has made some major bucks by selling this to KU.

Thomas Bryce 2 years, 3 months ago

The Huron Group is the name of the consulting firm KU Hired awhile back. Not sure if this was their Idea or not.

Thomas Bryce 2 years, 3 months ago

Hope they include a section on Discrimination of People with Physical Disabilities(The Blind or the wheel chair bound, etc) as well as Discrimination of People with Mental Disabilities( PTSD, ADHD, Bi-polar, etc). I am a veteran with PTSD and was very discouraged by the response from HR when my PTSD Diagnosis was made known to them. They tried to get me to leave my position(and KU) rather than help me succeed with reasonable accommodation. They made me feel like a broken machine that was ready for the scrap yard. ADA rep. was no help at all.Years of no promotions or raises(Passed over for both even though I was eligible when they were available) have left me with the feeling I am not wanted here.

jrpigman 2 years, 3 months ago

Reduce harassment? No. Reduce institutional liability? Absolutely.

verity 2 years, 3 months ago

HR has some good people, but the person at the top should have gone years ago. I think that is a position that should be changed every few years as the burn out in such a job has got to be high.

People have to feel safe reporting abuse, sexual or other kinds, and assumptions should not be made. Otherwise probably not much will change.

Topple 2 years, 3 months ago

Had briefings like this all the time in the military. It's not expected to prevent a darn thing. It's a procedure put in place by higher-ups so that when there's a rape, DUI, etc., they can say, "Hey! I did EVERYTHING I could! Look, I even had them take this online training where they had to pass a 10-question test at the end about sexual harassment!"

It's an out for lousy leadership who can't come up with real methods to reduce sexual harassment.

rockchalker52 2 years, 3 months ago

Not disagreeing, but am curious as to what would constitute a real method.

Topple 2 years, 2 months ago

When I was at Offutt AFB, my unit brought speaker Mike Domitrz for one of our sexual harassment briefings. He did his "Can I Kiss You?" presentation and, I think, actually connected really well with us. Very funny guy but got across some important messages.

Thomas Bryce 2 years, 3 months ago

Yes! Agree with you 100%, Topple. We called them CYA Briefings.

BlueWaffle 2 years, 3 months ago

Honestly you make this stuff so taboo you increase the incidents seriously. With 18 yearolds it will become a joke. And you dont want to make alot of sad pandas on campus

That makes me a sad panda

That makes me a sad panda by BlueWaffle

measles 2 years, 3 months ago

I'm just curious how many of the commenters here actually did the training...just curious. I did. I've been a student/faculty/staff member at KU for years, and yes, I did learn something from it. Basically it clarifies how and when to report sexual harrassment and I think it's a good thing. Not that I'm defending HR or their decision to answer every problem with a new online training module. It was done to cover their butts but some good may come of it.

Thomas Bryce 2 years, 3 months ago

I took the training as required. Been here closer now to 20 years and the only difference is we did it online instead of a small auditorium. I am glad you are an optimist. There has never been any problem with the Reporting of Discrimination, sexual or otherwise, at KU. The problem, sometimes, is what happens after that..

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