Anti-Harassment Policy

The presence of harassment in any form at the University will, by its very nature, interfere with the University’s educational mission. As a result, the University has established the Anti-Harassment Policy to both prohibit acts of harassment and to provide a means for the University to effectively respond to acts of harassment should they occur. The Anti-Harassment policy “augments, but does not supersede, other University policies covering discrimination.” Following are some excerpts from the Anti-Harassment Policy:

“Harassment in the workplace or the educational environment is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated.”

“This policy addresses Harassment in all forms, including Harassment toward individuals with legally protected status for reasons of race, gender, religion, color, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information or disability and Harassment toward individuals for other reasons such as sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status or parental status.”

“The University will not tolerate Harassment of its faculty, staff or students by persons conducting business with or visiting the University, even though such persons are not directly affiliated with the University.”

“Any individual or group of individuals found to have violated this policy will be subject to disciplinary and/or remedial action, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion from the University. Faculty and staff who are determined to have violated this policy also may be held personally liable for any damages, settlement costs or expenses, including attorney fees incurred by the University.”

“Sanctions for conduct that constitutes Harassment as defined by this policy are subject to enhancement when such conduct is motivated by bias based on a person’s legally protected status as defined by federal and state law: e.g., race, gender, religion, color, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information or disability.”

“Retaliation against faculty members, staff members or students for reporting or complaining of Harassment, for assisting or participating in the investigation of a complaint of Harassment, or for enforcing this policy is strictly prohibited.”

“The University reserves the right to investigate circumstances that may involve Harassment in situations where no complaint, formal or informal, has been filed. In appropriate circumstances, sanctions in accordance with this policy will be implemented.”

“The University reaffirms its commitment to freedom of speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Accordingly, any form of speech or conduct that is protected by the First Amendment is not subject to this policy.”

Anyone who believes he or she has been subjected to harassment or who otherwise believes a violation of the Anti-Harassment Policy has occurred should contact the Office of Equity and Diversity.