Beyond Compliance

Beyond Compliance provides annual training for Kent State faculty and staff to make sure they are fully up-to-date and aware of relevant laws and university policies related to discrimination, harassment and violence prevention. The broader theme centers on building a culture of care. Kent State continues to hold the highest standards for ensuring our workforce remains one of the best. We do this by respecting the differences in people, ideas and opinions, and by prohibiting discrimination.

All current Kent State University staff must attend a minimum of two hours of Beyond Compliance Training for each fiscal year. Enclosed are a few Beyond Compliance options. Please go to the Beyond Compliance website for a more comprehensive list. Note that any course in the catalog that has "BC" after its title is eligible for Beyond Compliance credit. If you plan to attend a course in your department that you believe meets the Beyond Compliance definition, please notify the director of Training and Development in advance for approval prior to completing the course.

In-Person Beyond Compliance Sessions

A.L.i.C.E. (BC 1.5hrs)

Public Safety, in partnership with the Division of Human Resources, is conducting A.L.i.C.E. workshops. The 90-minute-long A.L.i.C.E. sessions are designed to give participants insight and response options when encountering an active shooter. ALiCE: Alert, Lockdown, Information, Counter and Evacuation is crisis training created by two Texas law enforcement officers.

As a result of A.L.i.C.E., you will:

  • Consider data and statistics from previous active shooter events
  • Understand the key differences between A.L.i.C.E. and standard “Lockdown”
  • Learn and practice the A.L.i.C.E. active shooter response tactics

This workshop is ideal for all Kent State faculty and staff and counts toward 1.5 hours of your annual Beyond Compliance requirement.

Visit the ALiCE registration site to search for workshops on your campus.

ALiCE Registration Site
Communicating Across Generations (BC 3hrs)

Do you communicate well with people outside your age group? Find out how to manage communication across generations by first learning about the generations in the workforce. Knowledge about each generation will give you a general understanding about each group's frame of reference and help you interact more effectively.

As a result of Communicating Across Generations, you will:

  • Learn about the generations found in the workforce today
  • Consider ways to enhance effective interpersonal communication between generations
  • Discover common frustrations that people have about generational differences
  • Identify communication skillsets that contribute to effective teams

This workshop is ideal for all Kent State faculty and staff.

This workshop counts toward 3 hours of your annual Beyond Compliance requirement.

Sign Up for Communicating Across Generations here

Dealing with Difficult Behaviors (BC 3hrs)

Do you have a coworker that seems impossible to work with?  Ever wonder why that person acts that way….and gets away with it? This workshop focuses on identifying and addressing the most common difficult workplace behaviors. Learners explore ways to effectively deal with these behaviors and examine how they are personally impacted by them. Learners will understand the important roles that emotions and stress can play in dealing with difficult encounters. They will also learn to identify trigger words, reframe reactions, learn to address common difficult behaviors and demonstrate how to give constructive feedback.

As a results of Dealing with Difficult Behaviors workshop, learners will be able to:

  • Create a five-step game plan for addressing difficult workplace personalities
  • Identify the necessary STEPs (stress, triggers, emotions, perceptions) to reframe your reactions when presented with a tough situation
  • Identify and address six common difficult workplace behaviors
  • Demonstrate how to give constructive feedback

This workshop is ideal for all Kent State faculty and staff.

This workshop counts toward 3.0 hours of your annual Beyond Compliance requirement.

Sign up for Dealing with Difficult Behaviors here

Diversity Includes Everyone (BC 2.5hrs)

Every person at Kent State is a unique individual, very different from anyone else on campus. In order to work effectively, we need to understand and embrace this concept. This workshop provides learners an opportunity to explore fundamental diversity concepts and develop an understanding of why differences should be valued.

As a result of Diversity Includes Everyone, you will:

  • Discover a basic knowledge of diversity
  • Increase the understanding of methods that influence diversity-related culture change
  • Explore dimensions of diversity through interactive exercise

This workshop is ideal for all Kent State faculty and staff.

This workshop counts toward 2.5 hours of your annual Beyond Compliance requirement.

Sign up for Diversity Includes Everyone Here

Prevent Bullying in the Workplace (BC 3hrs)

Bullying happens in more places than just the playground. How should we respond to bullying in the workplace?

So how should we respond? This workshop explores what this social issue is and how we can respond by improving workplace relationships, communication and promoting healthy campus expectations.

Through Prevent Bullying in the Workplace, you will:

  • Differentiate between bullying, harassment, conflict, and normal expectations
  • Discover tactics to prevent workplace bullying
  • Explore university reporting procedures for bullying
  • Care for yourself in the midst of bullying

This workshop is ideal for all Kent State faculty and staff.

This workshop counts toward 3.0 hours of your annual Beyond Compliance requirement.

Sign up for Prevent Bullying in the Workplace Here

Principles of Conflict Management (BC 3hrs)

Have trouble effectively dealing with workplace conflict? Ever feel like you spend too much time going around and around without any resolution?  Then, this is the course for you!

Guided by a self-assessment tool and practical exercises, you will:

  • Discover their preferred conflict management style
  • Learn how to distinguish between the different styles of conflict
  • Gain practical experience in applying conflict styles
  • Explore communication strategies

This workshop is ideal for all Kent State faculty and staff.

This workshop counts toward 3.0 hours of your annual Beyond Compliance requirement.

Sign up for Principles of Conflict Management Here

Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (BC 2.5hrs)

This workshop, based on the 2008 Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, gives learners an opportunity to understand the laws under the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). Learners will increase their understanding of the original intent of the definition of disability, factors that qualify an individual as disabled, and information about the complaint process and the reasonable accommodation request process. Participants will:

  • Enrich knowledge about employment laws specific to Americans with disabilities.
  • Become familiar with the university's process regarding employees with disabilities. 
  • Discuss and practice finding solutions for various accommodation needs.

This workshop is ideal for all Kent State faculty and staff.

This workshop counts toward 2.5 hours of your annual Beyond Compliance requirement.

Sign up for Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act Here

Online Beyond Compliance Courses

Discrimination: Avoiding Discriminatory Practices (BC 0.5hr)

As a supervisor, it’s essential to establish and maintain a respectful and positive environment. This course provides supervisors with an overview of some best practices to help manage a diverse environment, avoid discriminatory behaviors and create a culture that embraces acceptance and respect for all.

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FERPA - Kent State University (BC 1.0hr)

Ensuring student rights and privacy of educational records is always a top priority in higher education. This self-guided course provides information and common scenarios regarding the privacy of student records according to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Participate in this course to gain a better understanding of FERPA.

After watching the video lesson, review KSU Policy 5 - 08.101, then test your knowledge via the assessment. Participants must pass the assessment with a minimum score of 80 percent to complete the module.

As a result of completing this FERPA course, you will:

  • Gain basic knowledge of FERPA
  • Understand FERPA guidelines for students
  • Identify parental rights in accordance with FERPA guidelines
  • Qualify to grant or restrict directory information on FlashLine

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HIPAA Basics - Kent State University (BC 1.0hr)

Information and records about our health should always be handled with great care. Good news! KSU offers a basic training course pertaining to exactly that. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is the main federal law that protects health information. This video course will provide a broad overview of Kent State’s HIPAA program and give you a basic understanding of this policy. Please watch the video, then review the links referenced via the HIPAA Sources and References section as needed. When you’re ready, you will need to take the assessment and score 80 percent or higher to complete the module.

  • Topics covered in this training include, but are not limited to:
  • Defining the different provisions of HIPAA
  • Exploring HIPAA’s rules and regulations
  • Establishing penalties and enforcements
  • Protecting Personal Health Information (PHI)

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