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Discriminatory Harassment

It is the policy of Emory University that all employees and students should be able to enjoy and work in an educational environment free from discriminatory harassment. Harassment of any person or group of persons on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status is a form of discrimination specifically prohibited in the Emory University community. Any employee, student, student organization, or person privileged to work or study in the Emory University community who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including permanent exclusion from the University.

Discriminatory harassment includes conduct (oral, written, graphic, or physical) directed against any person or group of persons because of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veterans status that has the purpose or reasonably foreseeable effect of creating an offensive, demeaning, intimidating, or hostile environment for that person or group of persons. Such conduct includes but is not limited to objectionable epithets, demeaning depictions or treatment, and threatened or actual abuse or harm.

In addition, sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature under the following circumstances:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individuals employment or a students status in a course, program, or activity.
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an employee or student is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting that employee or student.
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee¿s work performance or a student¿s academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, educational, or living environment.

All University vice presidents, deans, division, and department chairs should take appropriate steps to disseminate this policy statement and to inform employees and students of procedures for filing complaints. All members of the student body, faculty, and staff are expected to assist in implementing this policy.

The scholarly, educational, or artistic content of any written, oral, or other presentation or inquiry shall not be limited by this policy. It is the intent of this paragraph that all members of the academic community be allowed academic freedom. Accordingly, this provision shall be liberally construed, but shall not be used as a pretext for violation of this policy.

Any student or employee with a complaint of discriminatory harassment should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs to obtain information about the procedure for handling such complaints as well as addressing any questions regarding either this policy statement or a specific situation. The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs is located in the University Administration Building, Suite 110, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30322. Telephone: 404.727.6016 (voice) or 404.712.2049 (TDD). Website: www.emory.edu/EEO.

Disability Antidiscrimination Policy for Programs and Services

It is the policy of Emory University to ensure that all University goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations are meaningfully accessible to qualified persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other pertinent federal, state, and local disability anti-discrimination laws.

Emory University will provide persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs and services afforded to other individuals. This is done in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the individual with a disability.

Emory University does not discriminate against any person with a disability. Emory University will comply with all federal, state, and local regulations.

This policy applies to the goods, services, privileges, advantages, and accommodations offered by Emory University either directly or through contractual, licensing, or other arrangements. This policy is neither exhaustive nor exclusive.

Reasonable accommodations will be made on an individualized basis. It is the responsibility of persons with disabilities, however, to self-disclose and make their accommodation needs known.

For information regarding services for persons with disabilities, including students, employees, or applicants for employment, contact the Office of Disability Services, University Administration Building, Suite 110, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30322. Telephone: 404.727.6016 (voice) or 404.712.2049 (TDD). Website: www.ods.emory.edu.