Infectious Diseases Institute strives to create and maintain a safe working environment in which workers and the different stakeholders are treated with dignity, decency, respect and care. IDI will not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment of any kind and has instituted the anti-sexual harassment policy with corresponding education of employees to prevent, correct and discipline any behaviour that violates this policy.

All employees, consultants, Clients, interns, partners, volunteers, suppliers and official visitors, regardless of their positions, are covered by and are expected to comply with this policy and to take appropriate measures to ensure that prohibited conduct does not occur.

Course aim

The overall aim of this training is to create and maintain a safe working environment free of any form of sexual harassment for IDI staff and stakeholders.

Course objectives:

  • To increase awareness of all IDI staff and relevant stakeholders of the contents of IDI’s anti-sexual harassment policy including the problem of Sexual Harassment and IDI’s definition of sexual harassment.
  • To encourage all IDI staff and relevant stakeholders implement good practices to prevent sexual harassment and minimize risks of Sexual harassment.
  • To empower IDI staff and relevant stakeholders about reporting mechanisms for sexual harassment complaints.
  • To outline the appropriate steps to handle sexual harassment complaints.
  • To explain the procedures for confidential investigation.
  • To describe punitive measures for reported sexual harassment complaints.
  • To describe protection provided to individuals who report sexual harassment to minimize and/or prevent resultant harms harm or prevent further harm to the individua.

Target Audience:

This course targets IDI staff and stakeholders who have a contractual relationship with IDI.

Course Format:

This is a modular online self-paced course divided into 4 weeks of online sessions. Participants are expected to thoroughly read through the PDF documents.

Course assessment:

Participant knowledge/competence gain will be assessed through pre-test and post-test assessments.

Course Evaluation:

Each of the course modules delivered will be assessed for relevance and quality by participants through end of session evaluations. Participants will also assess the delivery of the content by the trainers and feedback from the participants will be shared with the team of trainers so that issues arising are addressed.

Certification:

Participants who successfully complete the course will be eligible for a certificate of completion. Criteria for award of a certificate of completion will include 85% pass mark and attendance of all

Modules

Module 1

Introduction to sexual harassment

Module 2

Consensual Romantic or Sexual Relationships & the Prohibited Conduct/Behaviour Under Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy

Module 3

Reporting and confidentiality

Module 4

Disciplinary actions, retaliation, discrimination & false claims2

Acknowledgements

The Sexual Harassment Policy and Training Program have been developed with supplementary funding from the National Institutes of Health to the parent grant Preparing Ethical Review Committees (NIH #1G11TW011309-01, PI Pauline Byakika).

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