Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Harassment Training for Supervisors
How do I get started?
During the week of October 17 you'll receive an e-mail from Workplace Answers which provides
you with a special link to your training. Be sure to paste this link into your browser so
that you'll always be able to locate it. If you don't have an e-mail account, your campus
will have an alternate way for you to log in.
What law requires that I complete this training?
California AB1825 became law on January 1, 2005. All employers with more than 50 employees
are required to provide a minimum of two hours of interactive training to employees holding
supervisory positions as of July 1, 2005. Training must be completed prior to January 1, 2006,
and every two years thereafter. Employees who become supervisors after July 1 must receive
training within six months of assuming supervisory duties.
How does the law determine who is a supervisor?
The law doesn't specifically define "supervisor" so we are using the definition contained
in the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. Under the FEHA, a supervisor is any
individual having the authority "to hire, transfer, suspend, layoff, recall, promote,
discharge, assign, reward or discipline other employees, or the responsibility to direct
them, or to adjust their grievances, or effectively to recommend that action…if the exercise
of that authority is not of a merely routine or clerical nature, but requires the use of
independent judgment." We recognize that this is a very broad definition that does not
depend on exempt or non-exempt status for purposes of state and federal wage and hour laws.
Each campus examined every position--from staff to faculty to student employees--to identify
individuals who met any element of the above definition. Faculty who supervise students or
other employees in an employment relationship with the CSU were included as were students
who supervise or in any way direct the work of other student employees.
What if I've been identified incorrectly as a supervisor?
Discuss your concerns with your supervisor, department chair, human resources office, or
EEO officer. One or more of those individuals was involved in making the determination and
could answer your questions.
I've already taken sexual harassment training. Why do I have to do
The CSU's own policy requires that all employees be trained. That hasn't changed. What has
changed, however, is that the AB1825 training for supervisors must meet very specific
requirements-from content to delivery to recordkeeping. The new training complies in every
way and includes the latest content.
What is the deadline for completing the training?
Although the law specifies a January 1 date, our campuses are either very busy or nearly
vacant during the month of December. For that reason we are setting a completion date of
Friday, December 9. You'll be sent regular e-mail reminders until your coursework is complete.
Although the law requires that I complete a two-hour course, can I
complete it in less than two hours?
No. You may be able to read quickly and guess at the answers. However, your pace will be
tracked within the course. You'll receive feedback that lets you know you are skipping
important elements of the content. Bottom line: don't cheat yourself out of well-presented
Does the training need to be completed in one sitting?
No. The Workplace Answers content is divided into four 30-minute segments. When you exit
from the training, your place will be saved for later.
What are the technical requirements to take this course on-line?
A computer with a connection to the Internet and a web browser, like Internet Explorer.
Although a high-speed connection like you have on your campus is helpful, you can still
complete the course over a dial-up connection via a modem. The course works on a wide
variety of different computer systems and no special software, equipment, or plug-ins are
What if I don't have reliable computer access?
Talk to your campus coordinator for this training-either in Human Resources or in your
Equity and Diversity office. If you're not able to find an empty computer in your department
on which to take the training, they may be able to find space for you in a computer lab.
But don't wait until the last minute since arrangements may require extra time to confirm.
How private are my answers and participation?
Each campus has one or two harassment training coordinators who can view all of the training
activity for their campus. The coordinator can view your name, whether you have completed
the training, how many minutes you spent in the course, remaining time until completion,
the last log-in date, your acceptance of the CSU harassment policy, and whether you've
completed the training. Your answers or any type of scoring are not visible to anyone. In
fact, there is no tracking of that nature. One "super administrator" at the Chancellor's
Office has access to all participant records. No coordinator or administrator can modify
course activity records. Various campus offices may request reports showing the progress of
their supervisors or your President's office may want to monitor campus status. The only
assumption that you can make about privacy is with the choices (answers) you select within
Is there a charge for this training?
No. Your training is funded by the Chancellor's Office.
Do I need to submit a certificate of completion?
No. Although you will have the opportunity to print such a certificate, it need not be
submitted. Your completion is recorded electronically by the office responsible for
administering the harassment training.
Who can I contact on my campus if I have questions about the harassment training?
Bakersfield: Kellie Garcia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chancellor's Office: Erica Zuniga, email@example.com
Channel Islands: Colleen Bennett, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chico: Ingrid Cordes, email@example.com
Dominguez Hills: Linda MacAllister, firstname.lastname@example.org
East Bay: Dorian West, email@example.com
Fresno: Jeanine Raymond, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosamaria Gomez-Amaro, email@example.com or
Robin Innes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Humboldt: Helen Jones, email@example.com
Long Beach: Jan Reyes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Raul Navarro, email@example.com or
Federico Vargas, Fvargas@cslanet.calstatela.edu
Maritime: Tera Bisbee, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monterey Bay: Ricardo Alcaino, Ricardo_alcaino@csumb.edu
Northridge: Sophia Vegas, Sophia.email@example.com
Pomona: Carmen Munoz-Silva, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacramento: Peter Lau, email@example.com
San Bernardino: Susan Berilla, firstname.lastname@example.org
San Diego: Christine Delgado, email@example.com
San Francisco: Marcia Allsopp, firstname.lastname@example.org
San Jose: Deborah Weakland, email@example.com
San Luis Obispo: Will Bailey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanis Brown, email@example.com or
Joanne Shydian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonoma: Kathy Anderson, Kathy.Anderson@sonoma.edu
Stanislaus: Deanie Brown, Dbrown@csustan.edu
Lynne Hellmer, Senior Director, Systemwide Professional Development, Office of the Chancellor -
Laurie Faure, Training Administrator, Systemwide Professional Development -