Harassment Prevention, Nondiscrimination
& Title IX (Including Sexual Misconduct)

Duke

Duke Harassment Policies

Duke has several policies that prohibit harassment. They include the Harassment Policy and Procedures and the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy. They are important components of our commitment to work and learning environments that are inclusive, respectful and free from harassing conduct. Taken together, the policies prohibit harassment of any kind including, but not limited to, sexual harassment and sexual violence. The Harassment Policy applies to all persons enrolled at or employed by Duke University or Duke University Health System. The Student Sexual Misconduct Policy applies to sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual assault, interpersonal violence and stalking committed by undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

Harassment of any individual for any reason is not acceptable at Duke University. Harassment is a form of prohibited discrimination and may arise in situations unique to a given interpersonal relationship or in actions rooted in an attitude toward a group. Sexual harassment (including sexual violence) is perhaps the most commonly understood form of harassment, but it is important to note that harassment on any demographic basis—including age, color, disability, national origin, sex, genetic information, gender identity, race, religion, or sexual orientation—also occurs.

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.

Both the Harassment Policy and the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy prohibit 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.

Employees with concerns or questions about harassment or retaliation are encouraged to address them as soon as possible by speaking with their manager, supervisor, department chair, or dean. Students are encouraged to raise concerns or questions with their department chair, dean, advisor, or Victoria Krebs, Associate Dean, Office of Student Conduct, conduct@duke.edu, victoria.krebs@duke.edu, 919-684-6938. You may also contact us, the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) directly. Our telephone number is 919-684-8222.

Information on filing a complaint can be found here; information on filing complaints or reporting incidents of sexual misconduct by undergraduate, graduate, or professional students can be found here.

Confidential assistance is available for employees through the Personal Assistance Service, 919-416-1727 (Duke Raleigh employees should call 919-872-4786); confidential assistance for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students of all genders is available through the Office of Gender Violence Prevention in the Women's Center, WCHelp@duke.edu, 919-684-3897 (M-F 9 am - 5 pm), 919-970-2108 (pager after hours, weekends, holidays); Counseling and Psychological Services; and Ada Gregory, Student Ombudsperson, ada.gregory@duke.edu, 919-684-6334.

Discrimination/Equal Opportunity

Duke University prohibits discrimination and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, sex or age. These demographic traits are commonly referred to as protected classes. Prohibited discrimination occurs when a student or employee is treated in a negative way based upon one or more of the protected classes above. Complaints of discrimination can be filed with this office under the Discrimination Grievance Procedure.

Title IX

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 from the federal government to prohibit sex discrimination in their education programs or activities, including employment. 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 and by Duke's Harassment Policy (applicable to sexual misconduct committed by faculty, staff, and others) and the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy. 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; the Office of Student Conduct handles reports of sexual harassment committed by undergraduate, graduate, and professional students against other students, staff, faculty, and others.

Duke is proactive in its efforts to address and reduce instances of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence. Additional information and resources for students related to Title IX, university policies and procedures regarding sexual misconduct, and additional related information can be found here.

Title IX Compliance

Howard Kallem is the Director of Title IX Compliance at Duke University and Duke University Health System. In this capacity, Mr. Kallem is responsible for administration and coordination of Duke's Title IX-related policies, programs and compliance efforts. The scope of this responsibility includes, among other things, oversight of complaint resolution, resources, communications and training in connection with Title IX's prohibition of discrimination based upon gender. Contact Howard Kallem.

More information about Title IX in printable format

Special Notice for International Students

International students, whether complainants or respondents, should contact Duke Visa Services for assistance in determining how their actions will affect their visa statuses in the U.S. This office will provide regulatory guidance for any complainant or respondent considering a reduced course load, leave of absence or change to a nonimmigrant status. Respondents will also receive guidance on how any disciplinary actions by the institution could affect their visa status and/or referral to a qualified immigration attorney.

Retaliation is Prohibited

You have the right to raise concerns and ask questions about our policies prohibiting harassment or discrimination. You also have the right to submit a complaint under our harassment and non-discrimination policies.

How Can We Help?

Our policies help to ensure 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. If you think you have been harassed by an undergraduate, graduate or professional student, contact Victoria Krebs, Associate Dean, Office of Student Conduct, 919-684-6938, victoria.krebs@duke.edu.

Supervisors: Contact Human Resources or our office.

Duke Students:

  • For sexual harassment and sexual misconduct (including sexual violence) committed by undergraduate, graduate, or professional students, contact Victoria Krebs, Associate Dean, Office of Student Conduct, 919-684-6938, victoria.krebs@duke.edu; or DukeReach 919-684-2455, dukereach@duke.edu.
  • For other forms of harassment prohibited by the Harassment Policy, committed by undergraduate students, also contact Ms. Krebs.
  • For other forms of harassment committed by graduate or professional students, contact a harassment prevention advisor; your chair, dean or advisor; or the Office for Institutional Equity, 919-684-8222.
  • For all forms of harassment (including sexual harassment and related misconduct) committed by faculty, staff or others, contact the Office for Institutional Equity, 919-684-8222; a harassment prevention advisor; or your department chair, dean or advisor.

Visitors, applicants for employment: Contact Human Resources or our office.

All these reporting resources are expected to report the alleged misconduct to the Office of Student Conduct or the Office for Institutional Equity. Again, confidential assistance is available for employees through the Personal Assistance Service, (919) 416-1727 (Duke Raleigh employees should call 919-872-4786; confidential assistance for undergraduate, graduate and professional students of all genders is available through the Office of Gender Violence Prevention in the Women’s Center, WCHelp@duke.edu, 919-684-3897 (M-F 9 am-5 pm), 919-970-2108 (pager after hours, weekends, holidays); Counseling and Psychological Services 919-660-1000; and Ada Gregory, Student Ombudsperson, ada.gregory@duke.edu, 919-684-6334.

If you are not sure who to contact, contact the Office for Institutional Equity, 919-684-8222.

Disability & Accommodations Grievance Procedure

This office also administers the Discrimination Grievance Procedure and the Disability Accommodations Grievance Procedure, which provide procedures for resolution of complaints from faculty, students, staff and the public alleging discrimination based on disability. Individuals who believe they have been denied accommodations through the Disability Management System Office may also utilize the grievance procedure. For more information, please contact our office.