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Equal access, equal opportunity briefings available for supervisors

"Purdue University is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential."

Fostering such an environment necessitates concerted efforts from all members of the campus community and is built upon a foundation of learning. For these reasons, the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance provides two phases of classroom-style and online briefings in the area of equal access and equal opportunity.

Phase I, "Ensuring a Campus Environment Free of Discrimination and Harassment," is a comprehensive briefing that delves into the area of equal access and equal opportunity. Specifically, this briefing provides insight into the University's Nondiscrimination Policy Statement, Anti-harassment Policy, and the Equal Opportunity, Equal Access and Affirmative Action Policy. Interactively working through real-to-life scenarios helps participants conceptualize the essence of and the protection extended by these policies. The idea is to provide participants with foundational knowledge about discrimination and harassment, as well as an understanding of University processes toward resolving complaints in these respective areas.

Phase II, "Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Amendments Act," focuses on the area of disabilities. This highly detailed session is designed to enhance participants' understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act and the protection they extend, particularly in employment. It serves to communicate changes in the law brought about in 2009 that affect institutions like Purdue that have an increasing number of qualified individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, this session delineates and clarifies staff and supervisor responsibilities with regard to the acts and provides guidance in knowing how to navigate the reasonable accommodation process.

Collectively, these briefings invite the campus community to ensure work and educational environments are discrimination-free and harassment-free and provide substantial knowledge to support that effort. It is important, then, that supervisors not only participate in these sessions themselves, but encourage all members of their staff to do the same.

To schedule sessions developed specifically for your unit, contact Jason Ware by phone at 49-63201 or via e-mail. Interested individuals may also visit the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance Education/Training website for online access to the Phase I briefing or to access general University sessions.

- Jason Ware, education coordinator
  Vice President for Ethics and Compliance

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