Sexual harassment is not just inappropriate; it is prohibited by law and the against the University of Miami policy. If you believe you have been subjected to sexual harassment of any kind, or know someone who is, do not remain silent. You should act promptly. Do not deny that something has happened. Ignoring the situation and hoping that it will correct itself enables the harassment to continue. Nor should you be afraid that if you speak with someone about the situation, you will be subjected to retaliation. The University will not allow reprisals against a person who in good faith reports or provides information about sexual harassment or behavior that might constitute sexual harassment. There are more than a few things that can be done to stop sexual harassment:
Know Your Rights: The University of Miami has a specific policy prohibiting sexual harassment. Familiarize yourself with the Sexual Harassment Policy.
Speak Up: You can tell the harasser to stop, verbally or in writing! Be clear and firm that the particular behavior is not wanted, not flattering, and not reciprocal.
Report The Behavior: You are entitled to use one of several available University Grievance Procedures. Contact Workplace Equity and Performance for assistance with resolution to the problem. You may also contact a sexual harassment counselor, department head or dean.
Keep Records or a Journal: Consistent with the grievance procedures, you may be asked to make a written record of the sexual harassment behavior. Record dates, places, times, witnesses and the nature of the harassment – what was said, when and how you responded. Also save any letters, emails, of notes received which can be helpful if the harassment persists.
The University takes sexual harassment cases very seriously and deals with them swiftly and confidentially in order to assure that we have a workplace of dignity, free of sexual harassment, where individuals are treated with respect.
There are two types of resolutions that can be implemented when resolving complaints of sexual harassment; the informal and formal grievance. Workplace Equity and performance will conduct a thorough investigation in addition to providing support and advice about the procedures.
For more information on the elements of sexual harassment and strategies for dealing with sexual harassment, we strongly encourage you to contact Workplace Equity and Performance at the Coral Gables campus (305) 284-3064 or at Miller School of Medicine (305) 243-7203. All employees and students are encouraged to report and respond to all incidences of sexual harassment immediately to avoid misunderstanding and so that complaints can be promptly and fairly resolved, and in a confidential manner.