If You Feel Harassed
Members of of the university community have both rights and responsibilities related to resolving harassment complaints. Make sure you understand these clearly and seek assistance if you need clarification.
- It is your right to work and/or learn in a harassment-free environment.
- It is your right to have your concerns treated in a prompt and confidential manner.
- It is your right to seek assistance from someone other than your direct supervisor.
- You are responsible for understanding and complying with the Harassment and Discrimination Policies.
- You are responsible for knowing whom to contact for assistance in resolving your concerns.
What You Should Do
- Inform the other party that the behavior is offensive and unacceptable. Ignoring the behavior will often be taken as tacit consent. Say no. Make it clear. But remember that it’s usually not necessary to blast the other party. Talk about how you might interact more effectively and what changes are desired.
- Keep a record of dates, places, times, and witnesses of harassing behavior.
- Read the Harassment and Discrimination Policies.
- Seek advice and be informed about the options for resolving harassment concerns. See the Harassment Complaint Resolution Options.
- Special note to SPA Employees: You must follow the SPA Grievance Process if you wish to retain your appeal rights through the Office of State Personnel. Be sure to discuss your concerns with someone in the Employee Relations section of Human Resources.
You are encouraged, and you should feel free, to seek assistance, information, and guidance from any of these resources:
- Your Supervisor
Employees with a concern in the workplace
- Your Adviser
Students with a concern about any other person
- Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity
Any person with a concern about any other person
- Human Resources
SPA employees with a concern about any other employee
- Office of Student Conduct
Any person with a concern about a student
Alternate Reporting Option
You may submit a harassment complaint online by using the online Complaint Form.
Bernice Sandler, expert on women’s issues