Harassment and Misconduct
Harassment is defined to be policies, behaviors, attitudes and practices related to personal characteristics of an individual or group that have the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, offensive, isolating and/or degrading environment for that individual or group. This includes (but is not limited to) the use of images, language or actions that foster, condition or tolerate discrimination based on skin color, race, culture, religion, disability, gender, personal choices and/or national/ethnic origin. Whether intentional or unintentional, any such conduct will be considered a violation of human dignity, addressing the expectation of consent in all interpersonal conduct and communication, including the opportunity to express consent or lack thereof.
Harassing behavior in any manner or form, including misconduct, by anyone in the University community is expressly prohibited. This includes harassment and/or misconduct of or by individuals not directly affiliated with the University, e.g. contractors, vendors, visitors. This policy also applies to harassment and/or misconduct off-site or after normal business hours in University-related settings, including but not limited to business trips, athletic events, conferences, and University-related social events. Report concerns about harassment to:
- The Vice Provost Dean of Students (dial x3760)
- The Vice President of Human Resources & Compliance (dial x5300)
- The Associate Provost for Graduate and Non-traditional Programs (dial x2980)
Harassment Incident Reporting
The Department of Safety maintains a "silent witness" feature (Anonymous Report form) which allows students or employees to report crimes without providing their names or other identifying information. The information provided is received by the Director of Safety and the Assistant Directors of Safety. Upon receipt, all information is thoroughly investigated to the best of the department’s ability, based on information received. Information sent through this site, while checked on a regular basis, is not monitored 24 hours a day. Therefore, the Silent Witness form SHOULD NOT be used for emergencies that require immediate response or those that are life threatening in nature.