How We Train Employees

Hiring

All employees undergo the following checks before they are hired:

  • Criminal records search (against both federal and country records).
  • Sex offender registry search
  • Reference checks, with at least one from a previous supervisor

Employees hired to work in the health center, campus safety department and children’s center also complete a criminal background check with the FBI.

PEA performs background checks on family members of hired faculty who live on campus, including spouses, partners and adult children.

Training

All employees receive boundary training (which addresses appropriate boundaries between adults and students, and how to recognize warning signs of unsafe relationships in others) and training in New Hampshire mandated reporting laws. Faculty repeat it every three years.

PEA gives extensive training to faculty in sexual harassment and assault issues; crisis management; CPR; principles of good advising; residential living expectations; gender identity; adolescent health and mental health; and unconscious bias sensitivity.

All employees must periodically complete anti-harassment coursework.

Program/Training Development

PEA regularly conducts the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and adjusts student and faculty programming based on the results. The Health and Wellness Council and Dean of Students Office oversee this process.

Faculty 2016 summer reading focused on: Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World by Cindy Pierce and Peggy Orenstein’s Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape. Cindy Pierce spoke at an all-faculty meeting just before the start of 2016-2017 school year.

Faculty advisers meet with students on a weekly basis to talk about a variety of issues related to student safety, health and well-being. Students can share any concerns at these meetings.

Dorm Staffing and Management

Each PEA dorm is managed by a dorm head who receives training specific to this role. Dorm heads report to the dean of students and dean of residential life. Dorm heads manage a team of residential and non-residential faculty and staff. The team meets regularly, and also meets with the dorm’s student proctors, to discuss the well-being of each student and the dorm as a whole.