Preventing Workplace Harassment

All Dickinson employees have the right to work in a hostile-free environment. In any work setting, there are potential areas for harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, color, disability, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and other legally protected traits. Both our facilitator-led and online offerings will assist employees to recognize potentially problematic behaviors and provide practical ways to address and prevent workplace harassment. This workshop also addresses the employee responsibility related to reporting incidents involving Dickinson students and minors under the age of 18.

Sessions are offered for both supervisory (including faculty, administrators with supervisory responsibilities, and athletic coaches) and non-supervisory employees. Every employee of Dickinson College is responsible for attending Preventing Workplace Harassment every year.

The college’s policy on harassment and other forms of discrimination is sent to all college employees each January. The policy can also be found in the Administrator and Support Staff Handbook, Faculty Handbook, and Student Handbook, and Student-Athlete Handbook.

Understanding FERPA
(Family Education Rights and Privacy Act)

This workshop offered by Dana Scaduto, General Counsel, discusses the background and importance of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Faculty and staff are confronted with student concerns that go well beyond the academic or residential domain. Anyone who works directly with students - including faculty, academic department coordinators, or administrative support employees - should attend this program, which will provide assistance in how best to take the appropriate action that benefits our student community.

Employment Law

This workshop will provide employees at all levels with a thorough understanding of the major legislative acts involving the workplace. Participants will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and ability to adhere to appropriate regulatory requirements. Possessing such skills will allow individuals to feel more comfortable and confident in their daily interactions with their colleagues.

Topics and scenarios may include, but are not limited to:

  • Title VII Civil Rights Act
  • Pennsylvania Human Relations Act
  • Age Discrimination
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978
  • American with Disability Act
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Discrimination & Retaliation

Dickinson College is committed to providing a supportive working environment for all employees with adhering to federal, state, and local regulations. As part of this effort, we have revised our training approach to further increase the awareness of workplace harassment at the college while adhering to our obligation to provide a hostile-free work environment for all Dickinson employees and students.