Don’t shelve harassment training (Editor’s Notes)

Disturbing chants by students at Saint Mary’s University, UBC
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/22/2013

HR professionals, meet the students who will soon be populating your workforce: “Y-O-U-N-G, at UBC we like ’em young. Y is for your sister, O is for oh so tight, U is for underage, N is for no consent, G is for go to jail.”

That’s in contention for the most disturbing and disgusting lead to a column I’ve ever written. And yet, it’s what some students — both male and female — at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver were chanting during organized freshmen orientation events at the Sauder School of Business last month.

Now that the school year is well underway, it’s a good time to step back and reflect on what we’ve seen on campuses across the country. It’s not a pretty picture, and it will make you rethink making any cuts to your workplace harassment training budget.