Sexual Harassment and Discriminatory Harassment

The University of Notre Dame strives to maintain a community characterized by a respect for others. At a minimum, this means a community that is free from Sexual and Discriminatory Harassment. At Notre Dame, our goal is to promote respectful behavior and interactions across campus. Our culture of respect means that no type of Sexual or Discriminatory Harassment is tolerated, and all incidents of intolerant or disrespectful conduct will be addressed. This culture of respect is regularly conveyed to members of the University community, including through formal training sessions. The University is also dedicated to responding quickly and thoroughly to all reports of Sexual or Discriminatory Harassment, and to enforcing the Non-Retaliation Policy to protect those who report and/or are involved in an investigation of Sexual or Discriminatory Harassment.

The University of Notre Dame does not tolerate Sexual or Discriminatory Harassment by faculty, staff, students or any person with whom our faculty, staff or students interact in an educational or business capacity. All members of the University community should report instances of Sexual or Discriminatory Harassment to the Office of Institutional Equity (574-631-0444) or to Notre Dame’s Integrity Line (1-800-688-9918), or as otherwise outlined in this policy. Any person who engages in Sexual or Discriminatory Harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination or dismissal. 


DEFINITION OF DISCRIMINATORY HARASSMENT:
Offensive, unwelcome conduct or language that is based on an individual’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or sexual orientation, and that creates an offensive, demeaning, intimidating or hostile environment for that individual. 


DEFINITION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT:
Sexual Harassment Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other offensive verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature  when:

  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of education, employment, or participation in other University activities;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions affecting that individual; or
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s education or performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, demeaning, or offensive University environment for that individual

Full University policy, as well as reporting options, grievance procedures, and resolution procedures