Harassment and Discrimination Policy

In order to promote a respectful and productive work environment, harassment of any kind is not acceptable at Duke. Duke also prohibits harassment and discrimination based upon an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Harassment occurs when unwelcome verbal or physical conduct, because of its severity and/or persistence, interferes significantly with an individual's work or education, or adversely affects an individual's living conditions.  Harassment also occurs when a person uses a position of authority to engage in unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

The conduct alleged to constitute harassment is evaluated from the perspective of a reasonable person similarly situated to the individual complaining and in consideration of the surrounding circumstances and facts. It is important to know that harassment is distinguished from behavior that, even though unpleasant or disconcerting, is appropriate to the responsibilities of certain instructional, advisory, or supervisory roles.

Harassment & Discrimination Policy

Policy types

Prohibited Activities and Conduct


Campus and Workplace Environment