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Policy Statement on 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’s 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 veteran’s status and 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 when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or a student’s 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; or

  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee’s work performance, of a student’s academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, educational, or living environment.

All University Vice Presidents, Deans, and Division and Department Chairpersons should take appropriate steps to disseminate this policy statement and to inform employees and students of procedures for lodging 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 academic freedom is allowed to all members of the academic community.  Accordingly, this provision shall be liberally construed but shall not be used as a pretext basis for violation of this policy.  

Any medical student with a complaint of sexual or discriminatory harassment should contact a member of the administrative staff in the Office of Medical Education and Student Affairs (e.g., Executive Associate Dean, Associate Dean, Assistant Dean or Director or the Executive Associate Dean or Assistant Dean for Administration).  In addition, students with these complaints should feel free to contact the Associate Vice President for Equal Opportunity Programs to obtain information on the University procedure for handling such complaints.   

Additional information concerning grievance procedures may be found in the Student Campus Life Policies available online at