Policy Number: 03.04
Issued Date: 07/01/2006
In order to promote a respectful and productive work environment, harassment of any kind is not acceptable at Duke. Harassment is not limited to conduct of a sexual nature. Duke also prohibits harassment based upon an individual's race, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual preference, sex, gender identity or age.
Harassment occurs when unwelcome verbal or physical conduct, because of its severity and/or persistence, interferes significantly with an individual's work or education, or adversely affects an individual's living conditions. Harassment also occurs when a person uses a position of authority to engage in unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
The conduct alleged to constitute harassment is evaluated from the perspective of a reasonable person similarly situated to the individual complaining and in consideration of the surrounding circumstances and facts. It is important to know that harassment is distinguished from behavior that, even though unpleasant or disconcerting, is appropriate to the responsibilities of certain instructional, advisory, or supervisory roles.
Administrative responsibility for implementing the Duke Harassment Policy rests with the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE). The vice president for Institutional Equity is also the University's designated Title IX Coordinator and responsible for implementing Title IX. Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. View OIE's website for more information about the harassment policy, Duke's non-discrimination policy, OIE and Title IX. The website also provides contact information for the vice president for Institutional Equity.