Women's Center

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sexual harassment is unwelcome verbal or physical conduct that, 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 if a person uses a position of authority to engage in unwelcome sexual advances.  More complete information can be found on pages 39-43 by downloading the Duke Community Standards in Practice at /conduct/about-us/duke-community-standard.

Who To Call For Help
If you are a student at Duke University of any gender and are the victim of sexual harassment, you may contact us. We can talk with you about your situation, review your options, and assist you with reporting the incident if you chose to do so.

  • Monday–Friday, 9am-5pm: Call 919-684-3897, email WCHelp@duke.edu, or walk in – no appointment necessary.
  • After-hours, weekends, holidays: Call 919-970-2108 or email WCHelp@duke.edu
  • If this is an emergency situation and you feel you are in danger, call 911 or Duke police at 919-684-2444.

You may also contact one of the Harassment Prevention Advisors for advice and assistance. Or, contact the Office of Institutional Equity directly to lodge a complaint, 919-684-8222.

What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. On campus, sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that interferes with a student’s ability to learn, study, work or participate in school activities. The harassment may be from another undergraduate/graduate student or staff/faculty member. Sexual assault and rape are the most severe physical forms of sexual harassment. The process and remedies that are available to you are dependent upon who the harasser is.  Students harassed by students may pursue complaints through the Office of Student Conduct.  If a staff or faculty member is the harasser, the Office of Institutional Equity would be the appropriate resource.

Additional Resources

  • Duke Office for Institutional Equity – Title IX