Office of the Dean of Students

Fisher University Union

HARASSMENT PREVENTION & RESPONSE OVERVIEW

Administrative Response

  • The university promotes a learning, working, and social environment where all members of the campus community interact in a mutually respectful, professional, and fair manner.  The university is committed to ensuring a workplace and academic environment free of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct, as these behaviors may create a risk to health, safety or wellbeing, cause serious emotional distress, loss of productivity and morale, and potential legal risks.
  • The university encourages reporting of all perceived incidents of harassment regardless of who the alleged offender may be.
  • The university will respond promptly to all complaints of harassment by referring victims to support resources such as the Counseling Center, CARE, the Title IX Office, and, when sufficient information is provided, following up on each complaint.
  • The university will protect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals both reporting and individuals who are alleged to have harassed to the extent allowed by the law.
  • The university has a legal obligation to investigate under the Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy once aware of an alleged violation of the harassment policy.
  • Remedies/sanctions for offenses are outlined in the Code of Student Life and in the Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy.

The university affirms its desire to maintain a learning and living environment for all students that is free from all forms of harassment. The university is committed to ensuring that all students are treated with dignity and respect.

Discrimination

Discrimination constitutes any unlawful distinction, preference, or detriment to an individual as compared to others that is based on one of the characteristics protected by federal law, state law or university policy.  Those protected characteristics include:

Race

Sex (such as gender, gender identity,
marital status, and pregnancy)

Age Color
National Origin (including ethnicity) Religion
Disability Sexual Orientation
Political Affiliation Veteran Status
Military Service Member Status Genetic Information
Relationship to Other University
Constituents

Unlawful Harassment

Unlawful harassment is a form of discrimination and can consist of:

Quid Pro Quo Harassment

Consists of unwelcome conduct based on a protected characteristic when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, employment decisions, academic standing or receipt of a needed or legitimately requested university service or benefit; or
  • Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for decisions affecting such individual in matters of employment, employment decisions, academic decisions (such as grades) or receipt of a needed or legitimately requested university service or benefit.

Hostile Environment Harassment

Consists of unwelcome conduct based on a protected characteristic when:

  • Such conduct is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive as to unreasonably interfere with an individual's work, academic performance, or living environment; or
  • Such conduct is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive as to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, learning or living environment.  Hostile environment harassment is determined by looking at all of the circumstances, including the frequency of the allegedly harassing conduct and its severity.  A single, serious incident may be sufficient to constitute hostile environment harassment.