Mandatory Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Training

Employee Requirement

Western requires all employees to complete mandatory harassment and discrimination prevention training. Western currently provides this important learning opportunity by implementing two online courses:

  1. Groundswell -  Harassment and Discrimination Prevention (estimated duration: 60-90 minutes). This course prepares learners to cultivate and maintain a workplace culture resistant to discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Employees will be equipped with the information and skills that promote intervention, empathy, and allyship, including how to prevent unlawful harassment, identify issues, and resolve conflicts. 

  2. Meridians - Clery Act and Title IX (estimated duration 30-45 minutes). This course takes a close look at the issue of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking, in higher education; reviews responsibilities of faculty and staff as mandatory reporters under Title IX, including best practices related to reporting disclosures of sexual harassment to the University's Title IX Coordinator; and includes important regulatory updates.

Ongoing harassment and discrimination prevention training is required for all employees (See POL-U1600.04). 

How do Employees access these trainings?

New and existing employees who are due for on-going trainings will be assigned by CRTC. Western has partnered with Get Inclusive as the official vendor to deliver these online trainings. Upon assignment, employees will receive an email invitation from containing information for how to access and complete the required trainings. Employees should complete the trainings within 45 days of being assigned to them; otherwise, their supervisor will be contacted if one or both of the trainings remain incomplete.


Western is sensitive to community members who have a personal history with sexual violence. Faculty and staff who feel that one or both of the trainings would be unacceptably distressing due to that experience may contact CRTC staff at (360) 650-2307  or to discuss an alternative way to receive important information contained in the training.

Student Training

Students also receive similar online training which is administered by Western's Counseling and Wellness Services. Students can find information about their training, including how to request exemptions, on the Counseling and Wellness Center website.