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Harassment & Discrimination Policies

Harassment & Discrimination Policies

Kettering University expects all students, faculty, and staff to contribute to a productive learning environment by demonstrating behavior that neither interferes with another individual’s performance nor creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile environment. The University will not tolerate harassment or discrimination in any forms, regardless of intent and/or the victim’s reaction.

Harassment

The University prohibits all sexual harassment and/or offensive conduct, on campus and in students’ work section communities. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual flirtation, touching, verbal or physical advances or propositions; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; graphic or suggestive comments about an individual’s dress or body; sexually degrading words to describe an individual; the display, in the workplace, of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, including nude photographs. Behavior constitutes sexual harassment when it is unwelcome and it interferes with the ability of another person to carry out his/her responsibilities, creates a hostile work environment; or its expression implies that acceptance of the behavior is a condition of course registration, course completion, course evaluation , or employment.

If you believe the words or actions of a University employee or student on campus constitutes unwelcome harassment, take the following steps:

  • Inform him or her that his/her actions are unwelcome and the harassing behavior must cease;
  • Keep a written record of the details (including time, date, what was said, or what was done)
  • Report the discrimination to the Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students, the Director of Human Resources, or any University officer.

If harassment occurs at your work site, you should report it to your supervisor or the appropriate person as directed by your employee handbook, as well as to your co-op manager. Enlist the counsel of a trusted advisor, if necessary, to report sexual harassment whenever it occurs. The University pledges that all complaints of harassment will be investigated promptly and will pursue a timely resolution, which the appropriate University officials will communicate to the parties involved. We will maintain confidentiality to the extent reasonably possible.

Discrimination

Kettering University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons, regardless of race, sex (including discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status in educational programs and events, employment, and admissions. Discrimination includes, but is not limited to:

  • preventing any person from using University facilities or services because of that person’s gender, gender identity or gender expression, pregnancy, race, color, national origin or ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion, veteran status, height, weight or marital status.
  • making determinations regarding a person’s salary based on gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, race, color, national origin or ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion, veteran status, height, weight or marital status.
  • denying a person access to an educational program based on that person’s gender, gender identity or gender expression, pregnancy, race, color, national origin or ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion, veteran status, height, weight or marital status.
  • instigating or allowing an environment that is unwelcoming or hostile based on a person’s gender, gender identity or gender expression, pregnancy, race, color, national origin or ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion, veteran status, height, weight or marital status.
  • denying raises, benefits, promotions, leadership opportunities or performance evaluations on the basis of a person’s gender, gender identity or gender expression, pregnancy, race, color, national origin or ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion, veteran status, height, weight or marital status.

If discrimination takes place at your work site, you should report it to your supervisor or the appropriate person as directed by your employee handbook, as well as to your co-op manager. Enlist the counsel of a trusted advisor, if necessary, to report discrimination whenever it occurs. The University pledges that all complaints of discrimination will be investigated promptly and will pursue a timely resolution, which the appropriate University officials will communicate to the parties involved. We will maintain confidentiality to the extent reasonably possible.

If you believe the words or actions of a University employee or student constitutes discrimination, take the following steps:

  • Inform him or her that his/her actions are unwelcome and the discriminating behavior must cease;
  • Keep a written record of the details (including time, date, what was said, or what was done)
  • Report the discrimination to the Vice President of Student Life & Dean Students, Director of Human Resources, other University officials, or via our Non-Academic Grievance Form, available in the Student Life, Academic Success Center, the Wellness Center, Thompson Hall, and online at the Student Life website.