September 21, 2020
To: Faculty, Other Academic Appointees, Staff, Postdoctoral Researchers, and Students
I write to reaffirm the University’s fundamental commitment to fostering a safe and welcoming environment for all members of our community and to share important information on mandatory training and resources to prevent and address sexual misconduct.
The University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other legally protected classes. Sexual misconduct, including sexual assault or sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking violates the standards of our community, and will not be tolerated. To that end, every member of our community should be familiar with and must follow the University’s Policy on Title IX Sexual Harassment and Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct, both of which define relevant terms, processes, reporting obligations, and support services.
The University makes substantial efforts to prevent and address allegations of sexual misconduct and ensure that all reports are addressed in a prompt and thorough manner that is equitable for all affected parties, best serves our community, and complies with the laws.
Following is important information on these efforts:
These are important steps and initiatives to further strengthen the University’s response to sexual misconduct and foster a healthy and respectful living, learning, and working environment.