Policy on Discrimination and Harassment
It is the Policy of Eastern Kentucky University (“EKU” or the “University”) to maintain an environment for students, faculty, administrators, staff, and visitors that is free of all forms of discrimination and harassment, including sexual misconduct. The University has published and enacted Policy 1.4.POL, Discrimination and Harassment to reflect and maintain its adherence to all federal and state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment in public educational institutions and to reflect and maintain its values as an institution.
The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious belief, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, ethnicity, disability, medical condition, veteran status, genetic information, age, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its programs and activities. This prohibition applies to all University programs or activities, including but not limited to admission and employment.
The University will not tolerate discrimination of any kind, including all forms of sexual or gender-based discrimination, harassment, and misconduct, such as Sexual Assault, dating and domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking. Policy1.4.1POL further prohibits aiding or inciting another person(s) to violate Policy 1.4.1POL. Policy 1.4.1POL specifically prohibits retaliation, in any form, against a person who reports, complains about, or who otherwise participates in good faith in any matter related to Policy 1.4.1POL and Procedures.
The Office of Instituional Equity will promptly, and equitably, respond to Complaints under Policy 1.4.1POL in a fair, thorough, impartial, and transparent manner that respects the due process rights of all participants, protects the safety and welfare of students, employees, and the community, and restores or preserves equal access to the University’s programs and activities. OIE is committed to taking prompt, appropriate, and equitable action to respond to prohibited conduct as defined by Policy 1.4.1POL (“Prohibited Conduct”) and to take appropriate corrective action. The University is also committed to the ongoing assessment and improvement and Page 2 of 42 effective implementation of this Policy.