Message from Fr. Biondi
Saint Louis University is an institution with a strong commitment to the spiritual, intellectual, social, and professional development of its students, faculty and staff. In order to accomplish its mission, the University strives to maintain an environment that is fair and humane and that fosters a high degree of trust, openness and support among all members of the University community.
There is growing evidence that harassment in the work place is a social problem of pandemic proportion. Furthermore, recent evidence suggests that our nation's college and university campuses are by no way immune to this problem. It is our belief that harassment is a major concern to a University community. It subverts the University's mission and threatens the career and educational development, and the well being of members of that community.
We strongly believe that students, faculty and staff at this University should be protected from harassment. This is evident in the Policy Statement defining and prohibiting harassment and the grievance procedure developed to encourage the reporting and redress of harassment complaints. This training program has been a part of Saint Louis University's continuing commitment to be proactive in its fight against harassment.
It serves as a preventive mechanism and can be used to correct current problems, if, and where they exist. It is for this reason that all University administrators, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in these training sessions. The major objectives of this training program are as follows:
1. To increase participants' awareness and knowledge about harassment and to enhance their abilities to recognize harassing activities and their impact on victims.
2. To reinforce the University's policy and grievance procedures and to emphasize the participants' role in policy implementation.
3. To review federal and state statutes and litigation pertaining to harassment of employees and students.
Once again, I would like to acknowledge and thank you for your participation and support.
Lawrence Biondi, S.J. President