Training, Education and Outreach
ADA Reasonable Accommodations
Under federal and state laws and University policies this training explores the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how an employee can apply for a reasonable accommodation. This session provides education and promotes awareness regarding individuals with disabilities in the workplace.
We will discuss methods of preventing discrimination, the University complaint procedures, and the role of the ADA Coordinator.
Campus Support Services
In partnership with the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and Human Resource Services, AAEC will host a panel discussion regarding the diverse campus resources that are available to assist with the effects of discrimination and/or harassment and will include representatives from:
- Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance (AAEC)
- The Office of the Ombudsperson
- Disability Resource Center (DRC)
- Student Conduct
- Counseling and Consultation Services
- Employee Assistance Program
In some instances individuals may wish to explore alternative options to the Affirmative Action complaint process and seek Confidential Counseling service at the university on how to cope with the effects of discrimination and /or harassment.
Corrective Action/Employee Discipline
This training provides guidelines, resources, and best practices for addressing performance issues. It is important for individuals in a supervisory role to understand that labor unions have contracts that include rigid procedures for taking disciplinary and corrective action. This session will give the basic tools for working within such policies and contractual agreements.
Leadership Guide on How to Address Employee Complaints Regarding Discrimination
Supervisors are held to a high standard to ensure employees understand the University policy, procedure, or regulation on Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation in the workplace. This workshop will provide practical application to assist with employee inquiries as it relates to what constitutes harassment and discrimination, addressing allegations, and filing a complaint.
Non-Discrimination/Harassment Policy and Compliant Procedures
The Non-Discrimination/Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedure training for Employees & Students is designed to provide information on developing policies and procedures that protect the legitimate rights of NIU employees and students as derived from applicable state and federal laws. This training reinforces the position of the university that discrimination/harassment are not tolerated in any form. In addition, customized training on various areas of diversity is also performed.
Search Procedure Training: Recruiting Faculty and Staff at NIU
An interactive workshop will cover strategies and best practices for recruiting a diverse qualified applicant pool. Participants will receive sample forms and templates for conducting an efficient and successful search. This session will cover everything from interview guidelines, posting the advertisement, completing the Part II, Civil Service Hiring Record, and utilizing technology to conduct a search. Employees who process the hiring paperwork, participate on search committees, chair search committees, and/or serve as the hiring official for the search process will find this training most helpful.
Some may have preconceived ideas about what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace. In today’s society there is no room for doubt and employees need to know what behavior constitutes as sexual harassment. By engaging in a series of thoughtful discussions and exercises, this workshop will explore the State, Federal law, and NIU policy regarding sexual harassment, identify the types of sexual harassment, and provide precautionary measures on how to avoid misunderstandings and accusations of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Social Media Issues in the Workplace
Technology is rapidly changing the way we conduct business, and social media has become the dominant form of communication globally. Over one million users communicate through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. This workshop will provide an overview of current issues regarding the use of social media in the workplace such as privacy and employee discipline. A review of NIU’s policy on appropriate use of social media in the workplace, and acceptable and unacceptable use of NIU computers will also be explored.
Title IX/Sexual Misconduct
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment which includes sexual violence is a form of sex discrimination. NIU is committed to providing an environment free from all forms of discrimination including sexual harassment. Recently, Illinois passed the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act. To comply with this law, employees must complete Title IX online module annually.
A practical guide to identifying and eliminating workplace bullying. Thirty three percent (33%) of Americans report being bullied at work. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, workplace bullying is “the repeated mistreatment of one or more employees by one or more perpetrators through behavior such as verbal abuse, threatening/humiliating/intimidating conduct; and/or work interference or sabotage.” This workshop will define workplace bullying, the causes and effect of bullying, and will provide resources available to those who may have experienced bullying in the workplace and those supervisors who may have confronted bullying among their employees.