The University of Rochester does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.
Further, the University’s Vision and Values Statement sets the highest standards for conduct to ensure our community is welcoming to all and is a place where all can thrive.
If you require further information, please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
Harassment and Discrimination (Policy 106)
The Policy against Discrimination, Harassment, and Discriminatory Employment/Service Practices, otherwise known as Policy 106, prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, familial status or an individual’s reproductive health decision making, military/veteran status, national origin, race (including hair style), religion/creed (including religious attire and facial hair), sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law.
Discrimination or harassment (including hostile work environment harassment) based on protected status is illegal, will not be tolerated, and is considered misconduct that will be subject to discipline.
Please note: The University of Rochester is committed to conducting a systematic review of policies and procedures from a lens of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, starting with a thorough examination and revision of the University’s Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment. The University is rewriting this integral policy so that it is aligned with the spoken priorities of the University community. One key goal of this revision is to ensure that the policy clearly defines standards of conduct for all members of the University community. The University is also re-evaluating its current methods for adjudicating complaints of harassment and discrimination, a necessary undertaking in order to ensure consistency and promote equity.
Filing a Harassment and Discrimination Report
Members of the University community are encouraged to report discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in accordance with Policy 106. This includes members of the University community who feel that they have experienced behavior that violates Policy 106 or who witness or become aware of conduct that they believe violates Policy 106. To file a report, use the new online Policy 106 report form.
FILE A COMPLAINT
Note: The Equal Opportunity Investigations team continues to conduct Policy 106 investigations during this COVID-19 pandemic. Any reports filed via this link will be sent directly to the Equal Opportunity Investigations team for prompt review and handling.
Management and supervisory personnel and Human Resources Business Partners who observe, receive or learn of reports or concerns of perceived discrimination, harassment, or retaliation which fall within Policy 106 must report those concerns or reports to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, upon making such observation or being informed of such a concern or report, and preferably via the new online Policy 106 report form.
In addition, any person who is a “Responsible Employee” under the University’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, who learns that a student may have been involved in an incident of sexual misconduct, must promptly report that information to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.
University policy prohibits any student, faculty, or staff member from retaliating against someone for making a good faith Policy 106 Report.
Anonymity disclaimer: You may submit a report anonymously; however, if an investigator cannot contact you for more information, the University’s ability to take action in response to your complaint may be significantly limited.
Need further assistance?
If you have questions regarding whether or not your concerns fall within Policy 106, please email any inquiries to Policy106@rochester.edu. Depending on what information you share with Policy106@rochester.edu, the University may have an obligation to further review your concerns. If you would rather express your complaint verbally, please contact Policy106@rochester.edu to schedule a conversation with an investigator.
Individuals needing assistance in completing the Policy 106 report (including if you require a translator) should contact the Office of the University Ombuds at (585) 275-9125.