The Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct (PPDHRM) governs allegations of harassment based on age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status (i.e., protected class status); see oie.duke.edu/knowledge-base/policies-statements-and-procedures for the university’s full harassment policy. The Office for Institutional Equity facilitates the intake and investigation of harassment allegations under PPDHRM, and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards facilitates the resolution of harassment matters in which the respondent is an undergraduate or graduate student according to the procedures set forth in the Resolution of Student Conflict and Alleged Violations of University Policy.
All other allegations of harassment that do not involve a protected class status are covered under this policy. Under this policy, harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct that is so severe, persistent, and/or pervasive that it alters the conditions of education, employment, or participation in a program or activity, thereby creating an environment that a reasonable person in similar circumstances and with similar identities would find hostile, intimidating, or abusive. Harassment is distinguished from behavior that, even though unpleasant or disconcerting, is appropriate to the carrying out of certain instructional, advisory, or supervisory responsibilities.