What you need to know before proceeding to the program:
To Get Started: Step-by-Step Instructions
Please read all of the instructions before proceeding.
- To exit and maintain a place holder, press the 'door' icon in the upper right hand corner. If you click on the "Exit Activity" you will lose your place and have to start over. If your screen has frozen, use the back arrow in the bottom right of the screen, go back one screen and then logout using the 'door' icon. Login using a different browser and try to continue the training. If you cannot, please call our office at 333-0885.
- Please close all other applications currently running on your computer.
- This course requires Adobe Flash, therefore, you cannot view this course on an iPad.
- If you are off campus or using the campus wi-fi, you must login to the campus VPN prior to logging in to the course. If you experience any problems logging into or installing the VPN, please visit the CITES VPN FAQ or contact the CITES HELP DESK.
- When you click on the link below, you will be taken to a login screen.
- Enter your Enterprise Id and password. If you don't know your Enterprise password, you can reset it by following the link on the login screen.
- Once you have completed the login process you will be taken to the course's home page. Select your campus.
- Select either the Supervisor or Non-Supervisor module. Who is considered a Supervisor?
- Click the 'Enter' button in the middle of the screen to start the program.
- This education program contains instructor-led material. Screen captions are present but it is recommended you have speakers or headphones to follow along with the narrator.
- Faculty and Staff taking the Supervisor module should allocate a minimum of 90 minutes to complete the course. Faculty and Staff taking the non-Supervisor module should allocate a minimum of 60 minutes to complete the course.
- When you complete the course you will be presented a certificate. You need access to a printer to print the certificate.
- If you experience any difficulty, please contact OEOA by phone at 333-0885 or by email.
- This link will take you to the course. You will be taken to the Enterprise login screen.
This education program is interactive and interdependent. You will need to answer questions throughout the course and you must complete each module in its proper sequence. The education program will pause until you follow the instructions asked of you. You will be prompted by the narrator and given instructions on how to proceed.
The screen above highlights the features. To exit and maintain a place holder press the door in the upper right hand corner. If you experience your screen freezing up, use the back arrow in the lower right had corner of the screen to go back one screen and then use the 'door' icon to record your placeholder and exit the training. Open another session of the training in a different browser and try to continue the training. If this does not work, please call our office at 333-0885.
Don't click on the "Exit Activity" you will lose your place and have to start over. There is a navigation bar in the lower right hand corner where you can pause, restart, or review previous page. You cannot skip a screen or module and complete the course successfully. To view, at any time, policies, terminology, or key points, click on the file folder on the navigation bar. Your current module is listed on the lower left hand side next to the red logo. The caption bar is located in the bottom center of the screen and may be turned on or off when you begin course.
- Adobe Flash Player 9.0 or higher (except versions 10.1.53.64 and 10.1.8.35 for some courses) See Flash Player requirements here. You can find out which version of flash you are running by clicking here. To update your flash player, please click here.
- Minimum display resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels.
- Pop-up blockers disabled.
- Audio and Video versions of the courseware require a sound card and speakers or headphones.
- If you experience any difficulty, please contact OEOA at 333-0885.
- Specific CPU and RAM prerequisites:
- Microsoft XP, Vista, or Windows 7 operating system.
- 1.2 GHz Processor.
- 1GB of RAM or higher.
- OS 10.4.4-10.6 (Tiger, Leopard or Snow Leopard).
- G4 PowerPC or newer (Intel).
- 512GB of RAM – required, 1GB RAM recommended.
Operating System/Browser Requirements:
- Windows XP - Windows 7.
- Internet Explorer 7.0 - 9.0.
- Firefox 3.0 or higher.
- Mac OS X 10.4 – 10.6.
- Firefox 3.0 or higher.
This education program contains instructor-led material. Screen captions are present but it is recommended you have speakers or headphones to follow along with the narrator.
When you complete the course you will be presented a certificate. You need access to a printer to print the certificate.
Please report all technical issues to OEOA, 333-0885.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- IS THERE REALLY A HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION PROBLEM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS?
- ISN’T THERE A POLICY AGAINST HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION AT THE UNIVERSITY?
- IF THERE IS A POLICY, WHY DO WE NEED THE I-INITIATIVE?
- DOESN’T THE UNIVERSITY HAVE PROGRAMS TO PREVENT AND EDUCATE ABOUT HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION?
- DOES THE I-INITIATIVE REALLY PROTECT US?
- WHAT ARE THE TANGIBLE BENEFITS OF THE I-INITIATIVE AT ILLINOIS?
- IS THE I-INITIATIVE REQUIRED?
- WHY IS THE I-INITIATIVE PART OF INCLUSIVE ILLINOIS?
- HOW IS THE I-INITIATIVE BEING IMPLEMENTED IN MY COLLEGE OR UNIT?
- WHAT EXACTLY DOES THE I-INITIATIVE INVOLVE AT ILLINOIS?
- I HAVE A DISABILITY. IS THE PROGRAM ACCESSIBLE?
- WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
- WHAT IF I START THE SCREEN READER (MANUAL) VERSION OF THE COURSE BY MISTAKE?
- HOW DO I BOOKMARK MY PLACE WHEN EXITING THE COURSE?
The University of Illinois is a great institution with amazing and dedicated faculty, staff, and students. Our institution, however, is not exempt from a growing national trend.
In 2010, nearly 100,000 (99,922) workplace discrimination charges were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This was an increase of 7.2% -- the most new discrimination cases ever recorded. Increasing areas of complaints include retaliation, religion, and disability.
Across the University of Illinois system, the increasingly complex and competitive workplace has influenced the number of formal and informal allegations and complaints. The concerns include insensitivity and unfamiliarity with the intersection of identity, which can include race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status. In addition, challenges related to working in an increasingly multi-generational, international, and culturally diverse workplace.
Yes, there is a policy. Click here to visit the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access website to learn more.
A harassment and discrimination policy alone does not protect an institution. Institutions must have "an active mechanism for renewing employees' awareness of the policies through specific education programs." Failure to have an education program can result in a substantial monetary (punitive damage) award against an employer. Romano v. U-Haul International, 233 F.3d 655 (1st Cir. 2000).
If the University does not offer an education program, it faces significant risk of having an education program imposed upon it and having significant liability through claims. Last year, through its enforcement, mediation, and litigation programs, the EEOC secured more than $404 million in monetary benefits from employers to promote inclusive and discrimination-free workplaces. The EEOC also has a very aggressive enforcement and investigation initiative for 2011.
Yes. The University, through its equal employment opportunity offices, offers and provides education programs. There has never been, however, a comprehensive and coordinated system-wide program. Since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state agencies have increased their scrutiny of employers' compliance education programs, the I-Initiative is critically important for the University.
Yes. Under existing federal law, statutes and cases, the University can assert an affirmative defense to harassment and discrimination claims (race, religion, national origin, age, disability, and sexual harassment) if it developed a prevention plan; implemented methods to sensitize its workforce on the plan; and can show that the individual who filed the lawsuit did not follow the procedures under the plan. Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, 524 U.S. 775 (1998); Burlington Industries v. Ellerth, 524 U.S. 742 (1998); 29 CFR 1604.11(f).
The University must provide information and skills on how to identify, respond, and address issues of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Inappropriate responses often lead to legitimate retaliation claims.
- Sustain an inclusive, respectful, discrimination- and harassment-free living, learning, and working environment;
- Minimize inappropriate and illegal conduct in the workplace;
- Increase awareness of conduct in an educational environment which can lead to complaints; faculty interactions with other faculty members, including bullying; inappropriate use of technology between faculty, staff, and students, sometimes involving dating relationships; faculty language in the classroom; and workplace joking and insensitivity;
- Decrease legal risk and minimize potential liability because of the implementation of a comprehensive education program; and
- Protect Illinois’ reputation.
The I-Initiative is required for all deans, directors, and department heads. All faculty and staff members are expected to complete the education course. Our protection is based upon our ability to document the comprehensive, required nature of this initiative. The President and Chancellor have asked each faculty and staff member to make a commitment to help the University of Illinois remain a premier living, learning, and working community.
Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices, is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Inclusive Illinois is about institutionalizing a climate of inclusivity at Illinois. Inclusivity can only be accomplished through interactions, relationships, education, and the sharing of our voices and perspectives.
As evidence of the University’s commitment to enhance the living, learning, and working environments for faculty, staff, and students, the University encourages a standard of conduct and behavior that is consistent with the values of inclusivity. In an inclusive environment, there is no place for acts of hatred, intolerance, insensitivity, bigotry, threats of violence, harassment, or discrimination.
Inclusive Illinois encourages each of us to examine and challenge how our perceptions, ideas, and experiences influence conduct and behavior; heighten our awareness about issues of difference based on identity, including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity (among others); and make a personal commitment to better understand and respect the intersection of identities.
Each college and administrative unit is responsible for implementing the initiative in its unit. Depending on the college or administrative unit, the Inclusive Illinois representative, the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, or a unit’s executive or administrative committee has been charged by the dean or vice-chancellor with oversight responsibility. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will be monitoring for overall campus compliance in conjunction University Administration.
At Illinois, the I-Initiative is an interactive, web-based, online education program. You will need a computer with speakers (with headphones, for public areas), and your Enterprise ID and password.
There are two education programs. One is for faculty and staff (including student workers) who are not supervisors. The other program is for faculty and staff who are supervisors. Supervisors are individuals who supervise, manage, oversee, or direct the work of others. It includes faculty who are responsible for lab, research, and teaching assistants; managers; directors; department heads; and administrative assistants or office managers who supervise student workers or other clerical staff. If you are a supervisor, select the Supervisor Module. If you are not a supervisor, select the Non-Supervisor Module. It is only necessary for you to participate in one program.
The Supervisor Module is 90 minutes in length, while the Non-Supervisor Module is 60 minutes. You do not have to take the program all at one time.
Yes, the program is ADA compliant. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at 333-0885 or email@example.com.
Please call the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at 333-0885.
If you are still on the Main Menu, click the “Select to discontinue screen reader use” link in the lower left corner of the screen and continue. From the first page of the Screen Reader version of the course, click the Previous button in the lower right corner. When you return to the Main Menu, click the “Select to discontinue screen reader use” link and continue.
This course has a bookmarking feature. To enable bookmarking, use the Logout button in the upper left corner of the screen. When you return to the course, select OK in the popup window, and you will automatically start at the beginning of the last section you were viewing when you exited the course.