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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Whom do I contact if I feel I have been discriminated against?

Duke University and Duke University Health System are committed to encouraging and sustaining work and learning environments that are free from prohibited discrimination. Equal employment and educational opportunities are provided without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or genetic information.

If you believe that you have been treated in a negative or adverse manner because of one or more of the above, we encourage you to seek assistance. You may contact the Office for Institutional Equity at (919) 684-8222. You may also raise your concern with Human Resources Staff and Labor Relations, your departmental HR administrator, your manager, director, dean or chair.

You have the right to raise a concern of discrimination, and retaliation against you for doing so is prohibited.

What is harassment and what do I do if I feel harassed?

Generally, harassment occurs when there is unwelcome behavior that is either so extreme or persistent that it is likely to interfere with your work or education. Whether there has been conduct that rises to the level of harassment is fact-specific and depends, in part, on the context and surrounding facts of a particular situation. While it is helpful to understand the general definition of harassment, it is even more helpful and important to get assistance if you feel harassed.

The Duke Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation for coming forward with a concern or complaint.

Duke has a harassment policy that prohibits all forms of harassment. If you have a question or concern about harassment, there are several places you can go for help. You may contact the Office for Institutional Equity at (919) 684-8222. You may also raise your concern with Human Resources Staff and Labor Relations, your departmental HR administrator, your manager, director, dean or chair.

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in both educational programs and employment. Title IX applies to all aspects of education programs and activities. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and prohibited by Title IX.

Duke University complies with all applicable federal laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX.

Who is the Title IX Coordinator for Duke?

Dr. Benjamin D. Reese, Vice-President for Institutional Equity and Chief Diversity Officer, is the Title IX Coordinator. Dr. Reese is responsible for administering Duke's Title IX responsibilities, including complaint handling. Dr. Reese's office is located at: The Office for Institutional Equity, Smith Warehouse, Bay 8, Box 90012, Durham, North Carolina 27708. Dr. Reese can be contacted by telephone at (919) 684-8222.

Is there an ombudsperson available to help me?

If you would like to discuss an issue with an impartial person, you may contact one of the following individuals:

Ombudsperson for Duke Faculty, Jeffrey R. Dawson, Ph.D. 613-7811

Ombudsperson for Duke Students, John Blackshear, Ph.D. 673-2261 or 684-4039

Ombudsperson for School of Medicine Students, Jean Spaulding, MD 668-3326