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As a member of the Syracuse University community, you are entitled to work, study, and participate in the University’s programs without fear of harassment or discrimination. It is the responsibility of all to ensure such an environment is maintained. Speak up if you witness harassment or discrimination, and report any such incidents that happen to you.

Each member of the campus community is responsible for preventing harassment and discrimination in work, academic, and residential environments, both on and off campus.

Retaliation against any individual for reporting concerns to the University is strictly prohibited.

Rehabilitation Act

Sections 503 and 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibit discrimination or harassment because of disability. In addition, New York law prohibits discrimination or harassment based on these and other protected categories. Aaron Hodukavich is responsible for the University’s compliance with ADA.  You can contact him at ajhoduka@syr.edu or by telephone: 315-443-2377 

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is prohibited. It is a form of sexual discrimination. It is unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that relates to the gender or sexual identity of an individual. Even without creating an intimidating or hostile environment for study, work, or social living, unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature is a violation of the University’s Code of Ethical Conduct.

The definition of sexual harassment includes: sexual violence (physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol), rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion, and non-contact sexual abuse such as voyeurism and sexual exploitation. This definition includes such conduct against a significant other.

Gender- and sex-based harassment also is prohibited, such as acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex, gender (gender identity, gender expression, and perceived gender), sexuality (sexual orientation and sexual expression), or sex-stereotyping, including those not of a sexual nature (such as jokes mocking a transgender person’s gender identity or expression, or women’s “place” in society).

Reporting Concerns to the University

To report concerns regarding harassment and/or discrimination contact us at Equal Opportunity.

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