UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A new, updated version of Penn State’s Annual Compliance Training (ACT) and will be available through the Learning Resource Network (LRN) starting February 1.
All Penn State employees are required to finish ACT by the deadline of March 15, which has been updated this year to be more accessible, engaging and convenient to navigate.
“Annual Compliance Training is a critical component in continuing to reinforce our University’s ethical culture and advance the Penn State Values of integrity, respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence and community,” said University Ethics Officer Emme Devonish. “Our annual ACT not only helps Penn State meet its legal and regulatory obligations, but also reflects our University’s overarching commitment to ethics and an ethical workplace.”
The ACT takes approximately one hour to complete and can now be done over multiple sessions — a new feature that Devonish said is intended to make the training more convenient for employees to complete as their schedule best allows. She also noted that much of the content has been updated with the help of subject-matter experts from across the University.
The Office of Ethics and Compliance also worked closely with partners in Penn State IT to enhance the accessibility of the ACT for employees with disabilities. The layout and design of the training has been shifted to better support screen readers and improve the training’s overall accessibility.
As in previous years, employees will need to finish their training in order to be eligible for potential future merit increases, if applicable for that fiscal year.
For the majority of employees, graduate assistants and graduate fellows/trainees, ACT is the only mandatory University-wide compliance training. New employees and Pennsylvania-mandated reporters are also required to take additional training courses, which are outlined on the Office of Ethics and Compliance website.
Employees can log in to the ACT on the Learning Resources Network website using their Penn State WebAccess ID, and will receive automatic weekly reminder emails from the LRN system until the training is completed.
Questions about technical issues can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Employees can also contact the Office of Ethics and Compliance with questions about the content of the training at email@example.com. Upon request, supervisors can receive updates on the ACT compliance status of their direct reports.