Harassment and Bias Prevention Training Program 2021-2022

Updated April 2022

Most organizations periodically train their personnel to recognize, avoid and report workplace discrimination, including harassment and both intentional and unintentional bias. To ensure that CSG-qualified public media stations consistently follow this practice, CPB requires annual harassment and bias prevention training for all officers (examples: President and CEO, Vice President, COO, CFO and General Manager), employees (full-time and part-time who are paid a salary or hourly wage), and interns (paid and unpaid) as a condition of the Grantee’s eligibility for a radio or television Community Service Grant (CSG).

To fulfill this requirement, stations can use a harassment and bias prevention training program from EVERFI that CPB offers at no charge. The next round of EVERFI training will launch on May 2, 2022, and CPB will notify stations when it is available.

Alternatively, stations may use another program of their choice if it covers these three topics:

  • What constitutes acceptable and unacceptable workplace behavior;
  • How to recognize harassment and bias when they occur; and
  • How to report and respond to violations.

No matter which option is chosen, station staff must complete their training no later than September 30, 2022, for their station to qualify for an FY2023 CSG. Head of Grantees and Licensee Officials must certify their station’s compliance with this requirement in the FY2023 CSG Agreement and Certification of Eligibility which is scheduled to be released in CPB’s Integrated Station Information System in early November 2022.

To use the EVERFI training:

Stations using training other than EVERFI must keep records of all personnel who were trained each year as proof of compliance.

We know you share our commitment to maintaining a work environment that promotes inclusion and is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and bias. CPB appreciates your cooperation with this requirement.

For additional information, please see the FAQs below.

If you still have questions, please contact trainingcsg@cpb.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Individuals REQUIRED to take the training for the purposes of CSG Certification are station employees (full-time and part-time who are paid a salary or hourly wage), officers (examples: President and CEO, Vice President, COO, CFO and General Manager), as well as interns (paid or unpaid).
No. However, the objective of this training is to create a safe workplace for all individuals at your station. If individuals - other than your station officers, employees, or interns - spend considerable time in the workplace, you may choose to have them take this training. These individuals may include volunteers, contractors, board members or other personnel.
People who do not work directly for the station are not subject to this CSG requirement. Examples include university administrators, Board of Regents members, Community Licensee Board Members, School Board members, and members of your Community Advisory Board (CAB).

No, you do not have to train personnel who have left the organization.

The HBPT requirement is an annual requirement, meaning officers, employees and interns must complete this training once every fiscal year, no later than September 30, to remain compliant with CSG requirements.

Use this guide to plan the completion of annual training.

To qualify for your CSG for this year:

Complete your training by this date:

FY 2023

September 30, 2022

FY 2024

September 30, 2023

FY 2025

September 30, 2024

CPB will not evaluate and approve alternative training programs. Your station must determine whether the training you elect to use covers the following topics necessary to qualify:

  1. What constitutes acceptable and unacceptable workplace behavior;
  2. How to recognize harassment and bias when it occurs; and
  3. How to report and respond to violations.

Details will be provided here when CPB launches its next round of training in late spring 2022.

If your station has not completed its HBPT requirement, you cannot certify that you have done so and you will be unable to submit the FY 2023 CSG Agreement and Certification of Eligibility to CPB.

Stations that use other training programs must maintain their own adequate documentation of compliance. The CPB-provided training service from EVERFI automatically tracks use of the program so you will know which employees have started/completed the training. To access this report on your Admin Dashboard, please follow these instructions.

The EVERFI training program automatically tracks use of the program so your station’s training administrator will have an electronic record of who has taken and completed the training.

Stations that use alternative training programs must maintain adequate documentation to show compliance. Regardless of the training program used, you are responsible for keeping accurate records of your personnel’s participation. You may use a program’s certificates if offered or a concurrent sign-in sheet for participants that identifies the program and the date it was completed.

CPB will rely on your station’s certification. Your Head of Grantee and Licensee Official must certify the station’s compliance with this requirement in the FY 2023 CSG Agreement and Certification of Eligibility which is scheduled to be released in early November 2022. However, your training documentation is subject to audit by CPB’s Office of Inspector General. Any reports, sign-in sheets, certificates, or notes should be retained for at least three years for audit purposes.

EVERFI training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

The EVERFI module was created to train personnel individually. While the EVERFI training must be done individually, any alternative training that you decide to use can be done in a group setting.

Please contact us at trainingcsg@cpb.org to discuss options for having staff, including those not proficient in English, comply with the harassment prevention requirement.

The training is comprehensive and will address all forms of harassment in the workplace.