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Workplace Harassment Policy Statement

It is a fundamental policy of the University of Cincinnati that discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sex orientation, disability, status as disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era, or age shall not be practiced in any of its activities. (University Rule 3361:10-13-01).

Discriminatory harassment is a form of discrimination, and thus violates the university’s policy against discrimination. Harassment is conduct that has the purpose or foreseeable effect of unreasonably interfering with an identifiable individual’s work or academic performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment for that individual.  Discriminatory harassment is further defined in the Policy Statement on Discriminatory Harassment.

To be guilty of harassment, the actor must either intend to produce the consequences described above or act in reckless disregard of whether such consequences might result from his or her actions. It is not necessary that the consequences actually occur, but the test of whether they are foreseeable is to be determined objectively by reference to all the circumstances of the particular case. Discriminatory harassment is harassment that is based on the targeted individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, status as disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era, or age.

Discriminatory harassment includes sexual harassment, which is further defined in the Policy Statement on Sexual Harassment.


Preventing Harassment in the Workplace and on Campus

In keeping with the commitment prohibiting discrimination and discriminatory harassment, we have arranged for every employee and student to participate in an interactive training program from New Media Learning called Preventing Harassment in the Workplace and on Campus.  The program outlines current laws on harassment and uses examples to illustrate words and behaviors that might reasonably be regarded as discriminatory, and therefore should be avoided.

We encourage you to access the New Media Learning program. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send a confidential email to oeohelp@uc.edu.  


Reporting Suspected Felonies

If you learn of an unreported felony (including sexual violence), Ohio law requires you to report it to the police.

If you learn of a felony against a university employee or student, report it to the university’s Office of Public Safety. If you know about a suspected crime and you aren’t sure what to do, contact the university’s Office of General Counsel at 513-556-3483.