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, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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 and the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy prohibit retaliation for coming forward with a concern or complaint.
The Duke Harassment Policy and Procedures prohibit all forms of harassment; the Stufdent Sexual Misconduct Policy specifically prohibits sexual harassment and related misconduct (including sexual violence, stalking and interpersonal violence) committed by students. 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. If you believe that you have been sexually harassed by an undergraduate, graduate or professional student, you may contact Victoria Krebs, Associate Dean, Office of Student Conduct, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-684-6938. Employees may contact the Personal Assistance Service for confidential support, 919-416-1727 (Duke Raleigh employees should call 919-872-4786); undergraduate, graduate and professional students may contact CAPS at 919-660-1000 or Ada Gregory, Student Ombudsperson, email@example.com, 919-684-6334 for confidential support generally, and the Office of Gender Violence Prevention and Intervention 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), for confidential support regarding sexual misconduct.
- Under the Harassment Policy and Procedures, you can file a complaint or report of discrimination or harassment not involving sexual misconduct by a student with the Office for Institutional Equity (for harassment by faculty, staff, graduate and professional students, or others); Victoria Krebs, Associate Dean, Office of Student Conduct, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-684-6938 (for harassment by undergraduate students); or your department chair, dean, HR representative or advisor.
- Complaints or reports of sexual misconduct by undergraduate, graduate, or professional students under the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy can be filed with Victoria Krebs, Associate Dean, Office of Student Conduct, email@example.com, (919) 684-6938; additional information can be found here. Information on filing complaints or reporting incidents of sexual misconduct by undergraduate, graduate or professional students with the Office of Student Conduct can be found here.
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?
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. Howard Kallem's office is located at the Office for Institutional Equity, Smith Warehouse, Bay 8, Box 90012, Durham, North Carolina 27708. He can be contacted by telephone at (919) 684-8222, or by email.