Sexual harassment is not just inappropriate; it is prohibited by law and is against University 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; ignoring the situation and hoping that it will correct itself enables the harassment to continue. Do not be afraid that speaking with someone about the situation will result in retaliation. University policy prohibits reprisals against a person who in good faith reports or provides information about sexual harassment or behavior that might constitute sexual harassment or violence. Prevent sexual harassment and violence by:
Knowing Your Rights: The University of Miami has a policy prohibiting sexual harassment and violence. Familiarize yourself with the Sexual Harassment Policy.
Speaking 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.
Reporting 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.
Keeping a Records: 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 all complaints of sexual discrimination very seriously and deals with them promptly and confidentially in order to assure that we have a workplace of dignity, free of sex discrimination, and where individuals are treated with respect.