The Duke Harassment Policy
The Duke Harassment Policy is an important component of our commitment to work and learning environments that are inclusive, respectful and free from harassing conduct. The harassment policy prohibits harassment of any kind. It includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment. The harassment policy applies to all persons enrolled at or employed by Duke University or Duke University Health System.
Duke's policy prohibiting discrimination insures that all members of the community are provided equal employment opportunity regardless of their race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or age.
Harassment occurs when either:
There is conduct that, because of its severity and/or persistence, interferes significantly with an individual's work or education, or adversely affects an individual's living conditions; or
A person uses a position of authority to engage in unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other conduct of a sexual nature.
The Duke Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against you for reporting a concern, filing a complaint, or participating in an investigation of harassment.
The conduct that is complained about is evaluated from the perspective of a reasonable person similarly situated to the person complaining and in consideration of the context of the behavior.
You should also know that harassment is distinguished from behavior that, even though unpleasant or disconcerting, is appropriate to the carrying out of certain instructional, advisory, or supervisory responsibilities.
If you have concerns or questions, you are encouraged to address them as soon as possible by speaking with your manager, supervisor, department chair or dean. You may also contact us, the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) directly. Our telephone number is: (919) 684-8222.
Duke University prohibits discrimination and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex or age. These demographic traits are commonly referred to as protected classes. Prohibited discrimination occurs when you are subjected to an adverse employment action based upon one or more of the protected classes above.
There are various federal laws that address discrimination issues. One such law, Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, requires all entities receiving any form of federal funds and financial assistance to prohibit sex discrimination in their education programs or activities. Title IX applies to all aspects of education programs and activities at Duke University.
Duke University and Health System have a responsibility to ensure compliance by demonstrating that our education programs or programs are operated in a manner consistent with Title IX regulations and provisions.
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination prohibited by Title IX. If you feel you have been subjected to sexual harassment or discrimination, you should seek assistance as soon as possible. The Office for Institutional Equity is responsible for implementing and monitoring Duke University and Duke University Health System Title IX compliance.
Title IX Coordinator
As Vice-President for Institutional Equity, Dr. Benjamin D. Reese, Jr., Psy.D., serves as the Title IX Coordinator for Duke University and Duke University Health System. As the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Reese is responsible for administration and coordination of Duke's Title IX programs and compliance efforts. The scope of this responsibility includes, among other things, complaint handling, communications and training in connection with Title IX's prohibition of discrimination based upon gender. Contact Dr. Reese.
Retaliation is Prohibited
You have the right to raise concerns, ask questions about our policies prohibiting harassment or discrimination. You also have the right to submit a complaint under our harassment, non-discrimination policies or Title IX.
Our policies help to insure the Duke community is free from harassing and discriminatory behavior. The Office for Institutional Equity is here to help to assist you in an effective and efficient manner. If you feel you are experiencing harassing conduct or discrimination, the most important thing you can do is to get help. Important resources to assist you are explained below.
Who Should I contact?
If you think you have been harassed or you have any questions about the harassment policy, you can get help from any of the offices/individuals below:
Duke faculty or staff: Contact your manager, chair, dean, Human Resources or our office.
Supervisors: Contact Human Resources or our office.
Visitors, applicants for employment: Contact Human Resources or our office.
Disability & Accommodations Grievance Procedure
This program also provides a grievance procedure for resolution of complaints from faculty, students, staff and the public alleging discrimination based on disability, the Disability Accommodations Grievance Procedure. Individuals who have been denied accommodations through the Disability Management System Office may also utilize the grievance procedure. For more information, please contact our office.