Discrimination and Harassment

308 Discrimination / Sexual Harassment Dixie State University is committed to providing an environment free from harassment and other forms of discrimination based upon race, color, ethnic background, national origin, religion, creed, age, lack of American citizenship, disability, status of veteran, or gender. Such discrimination undermines the sense of human dignity and belonging of all people in the environment.
  • No employee of the University may illegally discriminate when assigning work or education related benefits or burdens.
  • No student or employee of the University may engage in harassing conduct which creates a hostile work or learning environment for other students or employees.
  • No University employee may induce or foster a reasonable perception in the mind of a student or subordinate that the granting or withholding of tangible academic or job benefits shall be based on the granting of sexual favors.
  • Romantic or sexual relationships between a University employee and either other employees or students over whom the employee exercises supervisory or evaluative authority are strongly discouraged.
  • Constitutionally protected speech and protection of academic freedom are valued at Dixie University. Deference to this ideal requires delicate balancing when applying this policy in the classroom.
  • The University seeks to provide fair, expeditious and uniform procedures by which claims regarding discrimination and harassment may be investigated and resolved within the University community.
  • If a faculty or staff member is aware of harassment taking place on campus, they should attempt to stop it or report the harassment to the Human Resources office, if it is concerning an employee, or to the Dean of Students, if it is concerning students.
  • Supervisors are responsible for knowing of harassment occurring with employees who are under their direction and attempt to stop it or report it.
  • If someone is feeling harassed s/he should communicate with the person who is offending and request that the offensive behavior stop. If communication is too difficult or the offending behavior does not cease, a complaint should be made to the Human Resources Director or the Dean of Students.
  • All Equal Employment issues and complaints will be dealt with as discrimination and are to be presented to the Human Resources Director for investigation.