April 1, 2019

Dear Members of the Trinity College Community,

Trinity College is dedicated to maintaining a professional work and learning environment free of all forms of discrimination, including sexual discrimination and sexual harassment. In keeping with that commitment, every employee—staff and faculty—will be required to participate in a mandatory interactive online Responsible Employee training program.

This online program outlines current federal and Connecticut state laws on sexual harassment and uses examples to illustrate words and behaviors that might reasonably be regarded as sexual harassment and therefore should be avoided. Additionally, it examines the interconnected issues of sexual violence and healthy relationships through a variety of realistic and interactive scenarios and offers guidance on how to handle sexual misconduct complaints and issues. While the program focuses primarily on sexual harassment and Title IX, the principles it teaches apply to all forms of discriminatory harassment.

All Trinity employees are required to successfully complete the full online training program, regardless of having recently completed other Title IX trainings at Trinity College. Human Resources will email assignments soon, and, once notified, employees will have until May 31, 2019 to complete the assigned course starting on April 1, 2019. Please note that the videos in the online training program necessarily deal with sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct and may be difficult for some people to view.

The college’s Title IX website and the Your Rights, Your Options pamphlet are available to guide the community on the prevention and response to sexual misconduct. Both contain information on support and resources available for all college community members impacted by sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking.

Trinity’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct applies to all college community members—students, faculty, staff, visitors, independent contractors, and participants of college programs and activities, whether on or off campus, including study-away programs—regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity of the parties involved.

Thank you for your continued effort in preventing and responding to sexual misconduct in our community.


Joanne Berger-Sweeney
President and Trinity College Professor of Neuroscience

Tim Cresswell
Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of American Studies

Anita Davis
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dan Hitchell
Vice President, Finance and Operations
Chief Financial Officer