How Institutions Are Leveraging Partnerships and Education to Address Sexual Harassment and Assault on Campus

February 7, 2018 4:30 pm

The “Me Too” movement has prompted a heightened awareness of and national conversation around unequal treatment and inappropriate or criminal sexual conduct in the workplace, and many colleges and universities have strengthened their resolve to eliminate these unacceptable behaviors on their campuses. HR leaders from four universities shared with us the strategies they and other campus leaders are using to help address and alleviate harassment and bias on their campuses.

HR’s Role in Managing Bullying and Harassment at Work

December 13, 2017 4:50 pm

Human resources has an extremely important role to play and a responsibility to maintain a workplace free of bullying and sexual harassment. Not only is it an obligation for HR, but it makes for a much more productive and enjoyable place to work when these behaviors can be prevented or stopped as soon as they are reported.

How to Help Employees Attend to Their Health and Wellness During the Holidays

November 28, 2017 4:55 pm

While the holiday season may be a time for celebration, it can also be incredibly stressful. A recent survey by Accountemps found that while 51 percent of workers were happier during the holiday season, 35 percent said they were more stressed this time of year. So how can organizations help their employees be mindful of and attend to their health and wellbeing not only during the hectic times, but year-round?

Are You Prepared in the Event of a Disaster?

September 11, 2017 4:07 pm

The start of the fall semester is already a busy time for colleges and universities around the country, but throw in the mix an unforeseen circumstance, like a natural disaster, and it can wreak havoc on a campus community. And while there is never a sure-fire way to completely prepare for the unknown, what you can do is have a plan in place.

How to Conduct a Thorough Title IX Investigation

March 6, 2017 9:00 am

Two Title IX coordinators from Rosemont College share the steps they take when investigating Title IX claims on campus, from assessing a report to notifying the individual(s) involved to conducting interviews and more.

How to Prepare For (and Respond to) an Active Shooter Incident on Campus

December 16, 2015 1:17 pm

iStock_000061236344_XXXLargeA Time magazine article from October stated that there had been 23 shootings on college campuses so far in 2015, but that number has since risen with additional shootings at universities in Arizona, Texas and Tennessee. Bottom line: every college and university must have a plan in place in the event tragedy unfolds on their campus.

4 Tips for Identifying and Assessing Behavioral Risk on Campus

April 7, 2015 1:09 pm

wordleIn the aftermath of acts of violence on several campuses across the nation, many higher ed institutions have reevaluated their risk assessment and violence prevention strategies. Many have created “active shooter” protocols, instituted emergency alert systems designed to get the word out quickly to the campus community in the event of an incident of violence and implemented procedures designed to assess and manage behavioral risk in the hopes of identifying high-risk individuals and taking action before tragedy strikes.

4 Creative, Inexpensive Ways to Boost Employee Wellness

November 25, 2014 3:21 pm

wellness-blogFinding new ways to motivate employees to engage in wellness activities can be a challenge. Many wellness programs start off with a bang, but participation wanes as time passes. Here at the CUPA-HR national office, we’ve found a formula that works well for us. By implementing several smaller scale wellness activities and switching them up throughout the year, we’ve been able to keep things fresh and exciting.

Snuffing Out Smoking on Campus

November 20, 2014 9:13 am

no-smokingMany employers have nonsmoking policies in place for the worksite, and some have implemented surcharges or higher insurance premiums for employees who smoke. Many utilize smoking cessation programs to provide resources and support to those who want to quit. However, higher ed institutions still struggle with how best to discourage smoking on campus.

Prepare for the Worst

November 12, 2014 12:19 pm

prepared-blogIt seems that every few years something happens that prompts us HR folks to revisit our crisis management plans — an influenza outbreak, an unspeakable act of violence on a college campus, the threat of swine flu, a natural disaster, and recently, the Ebola epidemic. Although the disease is not likely to spread in this country, institutions would be remiss if they didn’t have a plan in place to address how they would deal with an Ebola-infected (or quarantined) employee or student.