The University of Miami is committed to providing an environment free from all forms of discrimination including sexual harassment and violence. Sexual harassment and violence is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in addition to the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, physical or verbal abuse of a sexual nature including graphic commentaries about an individual’s body, sexually degrading remarks used to describe an individual, or unwelcome propositions and physical advances of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment also includes the threat or insinuation that sexual submission or the lack thereof will be used as a basis for employment or educational decisions affecting or interfering with an individual’s salary, academic standing, or other conditions of employment, educational, or career development. It is the policy of the University to promote a cooperative work and learning environment in which mutual respect exists for all University students, faculty members, and employees. Sexual harassment is inconsistent with this objective and contrary to the University’s policy.
Sexual Violence is a form of sexual harassment. Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. Sexual violence includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse and sexual coercion.
Any individual who believes they are the victim of sexual harassment or violence, as well as those who believe they have observed sexual harassment or violence, are urged to act promptly and report such conduct to the Workplace Equity and Performance Office, the Dean of Students, Faculty Affairs, a Sexual Harassment Counselor, or their immediate supervisor. The University recognizes that confidentiality is important; therefore, all complaints of sexual harassment and violence shall be processed in a manner to protect the privacy of all parties in accordance with University policies. Any person found to be in violation of the University’s Sexual Harassment and Violence Policy will be subjected to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the University.
Retaliation against an individual who files a sexual harassment/violence complaint or who participates in an investigation is prohibited and should be immediately reported to Workplace Equity and Performance. An individual who knowingly makes false and malicious complaints of sexual harassment may be subjected to appropriate discipline.