Training and Education - Edinboro University

          Contact Info

          Office of Social Equity
          Reeder Hall, 3rd Floor
          219 Meadville Street
          Edinboro, PA  16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2167
          Fax: (814) 732-2153

          Terrence A. Mitchell 
          Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer 
          Office: Reeder Hall 306 
          Phone: (814) 732-1259 

          Andrew Matt, JD 
          Title IX Coordinator & Investigator
          Office: Reeder Hall, 3rd Floor
          Phone: (814) 732-1564

          Jordan McMillan
          Administrative Support
          Office: Reeder Hall, 308
          Phone: (814) 732-1250

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          Training and Education

          The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and Edinboro University (EU) are committed to creating and maintaining an academic and work environment that is free of unlawful harassment, intimidation, bullying and discrimination and will not knowingly tolerate substantiated incidences. PASSHE Policy 2009-03 mandates an obligation for each university to conduct training for new students and new employees within 60 days of commencing employment. In addition, all faculty, staff, and administrators are required to participate in this training at least every year thereafter. The method of training is at the discretion of each university.

          The EU Office of Social Equity has adopted three methods of delivering the mandated training:

          • Department Training - If you are a department supervisor and would like all of your employees, including student workers, trained together please contact to arrange a department training session. 

          The following topics are covered in these trainings:

          • Definitions of harassment, bullying, intimidation, sexual harassment and discrimination;
          • Full contact information as to where all complaints may be filed;
          • An obligation on the part of management and administration to report any allegations of unlawful harassment, sexual harassment or discrimination to the appropriate office;
          • Both informal and formal mechanisms for resolving allegations;
          • The ability for both the Complainant and the Respondent to be accompanied by advisors who are members of the campus community;
          • Due process that is consistent with PASSHE’s obligations within all collective bargaining agreements or the Board of Governors’ Merit Principles Appeal Policy;
          • Crisis counseling options for employees and students;
          • Warnings against retaliatory actions and that retaliation is a separate cause of action for potential discipline in addition to the underlying allegation;
          • Statement of risk in sexual harassment policies pertaining to relationships where there is a power or control dynamic (i.e. supervisor and supervisee; faculty and student);
          • An obligation to disseminate all social equity policies to employees and students in a manner that makes the information readily accessible. The method of distribution can include but not be limited to electronically, within employee and student handbooks, and/or via university website. A location where hard copies of all policies may be obtained on campus is also to be indicated.
          • Procedural provisions that address the reporting of complaints when allegations involve the office charged with conducting investigations or the Office of the President so that accusations as to conflict of interest are avoided.

          For a complete list of programs offered, program description, contact, target audience and the frequency at which they are offered, see Appendix G Education and Training of the University Policy Handbook. Similarly, new students are made aware of Title IX and the content of the University Policy Manual and the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures during new student orientation.

          In addition to campus programs, periodically Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) provides additional workshops. These workshops provide updates and clarifications on each State System university’s Social Equity responsibilities. Please contact our Office of Social Equity to find out when the next PASSHE hosted training is being offered.

          Title IX and the Clery Act Training

          To educate employees on their responsibilities under Title IX, the Title IX Coordinator provides education programs on what constitutes sex discrimination and sexual misconduct, on what steps are takes to resolve complaints, and on each individual’s reporting responsibility. The program is designed to provide individuals with an understanding of EU’s responsibilities under Title IX and Title VII and how these matters are addressed, whether or not the actions are potentially criminal in nature.

          Diversity Training

          Edinboro University promotes an inclusive environment that supports the academic, cultural, and personal growth of all members of the University community. We value the richness of diversity and believe that the intentional recruitment, retention, and accommodation of individuals who differ and are similar broadens and deepens the educational experience and the scholarly environment. By respecting pluralistic perceptions, and continuously assessing and monitoring the campuses and community environments, the Edinboro University community will foster open communication as students, faculty, staff and community learn to interact effectively with one another, creating and sustaining a supportive and respectful climate.