Tuesday, September 30, 2014

OF RECORD: Sexual Harassment Policy PDF Print Issue

The University of Pennsylvania is committed to maintaining a diverse, respectful and safe campus environment for all members of our community. The Principles of Responsible Conduct outline the expectations articulated in a variety of University policies, including those related to preventing and responding to sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking.  The Principles of Responsible Conduct may be found at www.upenn.edu/audit/oacp_principles.htm or by contacting the Office of Audit, Compliance and Privacy. In addition to reminding us of our rights and responsibilities, our policies describe the resources available for information, support, and addressing concerns and complaints. The Offices of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Staff and Labor Relations in the Division of Human Resources and the Vice Provost for Faculty are among those available to respond to questions or provide additional information. 

Sexual Harassment Policy 

I. Conduct

      Our community depends on trust and civility. A willingness to recognize the dignity and worth of each person at the University is essential to our mission.

      It is the responsibility of each person on campus to respect the personal dignity of others. We expect members of our University community to demonstrate a basic generosity of spirit that precludes expressions of bigotry.

      Penn properly celebrates the diversity of its community. We come to Penn from many different backgrounds and include different races, religions, sexual orientations and ethnic ancestries. Learning to understand the differences among us, as well as the similarities, is an important dimension of education, one that continues for a lifetime. Tolerance alone, however, is not enough. Respect and understanding also are needed. We should delight in our differences, and should seek to appreciate the richness and personal growth which our diversity provides to us as members of this community.

      The University is committed to freedom of thought, discourse and speech and the attainment of the highest quality of academic and educational pursuits and daily work. Policies and regulations implementing this commitment include the Statement on Academic Freedom and Responsibility, the Guidelines on Open Expression and the Code of Academic Integrity.

      The University also has established policies on behaviors that interfere with these freedoms. Foremost among these policies is the University’s Statement on Non-Discrimination, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual preference, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap or disability.

      The University also has adopted the following policy concerning sexual harassment. The terms “harassment” and “sexual harassment” as used throughout are defined as a matter of University policy and are not necessarily identical or limited to the uses of that term in external sources, including governmental guidelines or regulations. 

- See more at: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v61/n07/sexual-harassment-policy.html#sthash.cDLZRaBf.dpuf

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