Responsible Official: University President
Administering Division/Department: Office of Equity and Inclusion (formerly Equal Opportunity Programs or EOP)
Effective Date: March 31, 2007
Last Revision: April 02, 2007
This policy is a republishing of the Emory University Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy, which previously was published at: http://www.emory.edu/EEO/equalopportunitydiscriminatoryharassment.htm
The effective date represents only the date that this version was published on policies.emory.edu and does not reflect the original effective date of this policy.
I.INTRODUCTION AND STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
Emory University is an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged, and diverse community dedicated to the ideals of free academic discourse in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Emory University abides by the values of academic freedom and is built on the assumption that contention among different views is positive and necessary for the expansion of knowledge, both for the University itself and as a training ground for society at large. Emory is committed to the widest possible scope for the free circulation of ideas.
II. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY
Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or any factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor outlined above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity laws and regulations, and follows the principles outlined above in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.
III. DISCRIMINATORY HARASSMENT POLICY
In keeping with its commitment to maintaining an environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and in keeping with its legal obligations, Emory maintains a policy prohibiting unlawful harassment (and discouraging conduct that, while not unlawful, could reasonably be considered harassment as defined below). Discriminatory harassment of any kind is not appropriate at Emory, whether it is sexual harassment or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or any factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law. At the same time, Emory recognizes the centrality of academic freedom and the University’s determination to protect the full and frank discussion of ideas. Thus, discriminatory harassment does not refer to the use of materials about or discussion of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, etc. for scholarly purposes appropriate to the academic context, such as class discussions, academic conferences, or meetings.
A. Definitions and Description of Prohibited Conduct.
1. Sexual Harassment
2. Discriminatory Harassment of a Non-Sexual Nature
3. Applicability of Policy
B. Prohibition Against Retaliation
Retaliation against an individual who, in good faith, complains about or participates in an investigation of an allegation of discrimination or harassment is prohibited by University policy. Any individual who feels he or she has been retaliated against, or has been threatened with retaliation, should report that allegation immediately to the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP).
C. False Accusations
Anyone who knowingly makes a false accusation of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation will be subject to appropriate sanctions. However, failure to prove a claim of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation does not, in and of itself, constitute proof of a knowing false accusation.
IV. RESOLUTION PROCESS
Emory is committed to the values of respect, civility, and community as set forth in the Statement of Ethical Principles. In addition to being unlawful, sexual and discriminatory harassment interfere with the University’s educational mission and the practice of community. Individuals who believe that they have experienced or witnessed acts of discrimination or discriminatory harassment may seek resolution through several pathways. Any or all of the following steps may be pursued in resolving an incident of alleged discrimination or harassment.
A. Communicate Directly with the Alleged Harasser
B. Enlist the Assistance of a Community Facilitator
C. File an internal complaint
If an employee or student believes that he or she has been the victim of discrimination or discriminatory harassment, he or she may promptly report, without fear of reprisal, the facts of the incident and the name(s) of the individual(s) involved to the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, located in Room 110 of the Administration Building. Dr. Robert W. Ethridge is the Vice President of Equal Opportunity Programs and he may be reached at (404) 727-6016. This initiates a complaint. Alternatively, the employee or student may report the situation to his or her immediate supervisor, department head, or Dean, who will immediately notify EOP of the complaint. Supervisors must immediately report any complaints they receive or incidents of alleged harassment or discrimination they witness to the Vice President of Equal Opportunity Programs, Robert W. Ethridge. However, if the complaint relates to the Vice President of Equal Opportunity Programs, the complaint should be directed to the Provost, or his designee, who shall appoint an appropriate investigator. The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (or an alternate investigator, where appropriate) will investigate all timely claims of harassment and discrimination, regardless of whether such complaints are reduced to writing. All complaints of discrimination and harassment will be treated in the strictest confidence possible under the particular circumstances.
Issues Specific to Faculty
Following a determination of sanctions, faculty may avail themselves of avenues of appeal as listed in the Statement of Principles Governing Faculty Relationships. Specifically, a faculty member shall be entitled to a hearing of the Faculty Hearing Committee when the sanction imposed by the Dean for violation of this Policy is the suspension, transfer, or termination of his/her employment.
D. File an External Complaint
A. Complaints Against Vendors, Contractors, and Third Parties
Emory’s commitment to providing members of its community with a working and learning environment that is free of discriminatory harassment includes freedom from inappropriate conduct by vendors, contractors, and third parties. If a member of the University community believes he or she has been subjected to harassing conduct by a vendor, contractor, or third party, he or she should report such conduct to the Office of Equal Opportunity programs, to his or her immediate supervisor or Dean, or to a higher University official. Such complaints should be forwarded to the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs immediately. EOP will work with the complaining party to investigate the complaint, and the University will take prompt corrective action if inappropriate conduct is found to have occurred.
B. Complaints Against Students
Students are bound by the principles outlined in this policy. However, complaints against students (when acting in the capacity as a student) shall be resolved under the Conduct Code provided by that student’s school or college (unless the student’s school or college conduct code provides otherwise.) Investigation of complaints against students who are acting in the capacity of an employee shall be conducted by the Vice President for Equal Opportunity Programs, or his/her designee, who shall report his/her findings and recommendations to the Vice President and Dean for Campus Life and the Dean of the school or college in which the student is enrolled.
- Current Version of This Policy: http://policies.emory.edu/1.3
Subject Contact Phone Clarification of Policy Equal Opportunity Program 404-727-6016 File A Complaint Equal Opportunity Program 404-727-6016