Tulane University is committed to creating and maintaining a campus environment where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity and free to participate in a lively exchange of ideas. Individuals have the right to work and learn in an environment free of harassment. Harassment is not acceptable and will not be tolerated at Tulane University. Tulane's harassment prevention policies are fully outlined in Tulane's Equal Opportunity/Anti-Discrimination Policies (PDF).
Harassment is not limited to conduct of a sexual nature. Tulane University prohibits harassment based upon an individual's race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, military status, veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Harassment occurs when unwelcome verbal or physical conduct, because of its severity and/or pervasiveness, significantly interferes with an individual' work or education, or adversely affects an individual's employment or ability to learn or participate in school activities. Harassment also occurs when a person uses a position of authority to engage in unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
The conduct alleged to constitute harassment is evaluated from the perspective of a reasonable person similarly situated to the individual complaining and in consideration of the surrounding circumstances and facts.
The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) has administrative responsibility for implementing Tulane's Equal Opportunity/Anti-Discrimination Policies. Meredith Smith is the University's designated Title IX Coordinator and the lead individual responsible for implementing Title IX. Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination.