Discrimination or Harassment

An academic environment must allow free inquiry into all ideas and free expression of opinions by those within it as a part of the basic process of education. Yet in the presence of harassing behavior, a person's learning or working ability may be impaired. This discrimination or harassment policy acknowledges protection for free speech, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, while at the same time requiring the dignity and worth of the individual be nurtured and protected.

Statement adopted by Board of Trustees on October 30, 2015:

"Agnes Scott College values diversity and seeks to foster an environment that welcomes and supports contributions from all members of the Agnes Scott College community. Discrimination or harassment is unacceptable on this campus. Such behavior is contrary to our intellectual environment and the spirit of fellowship fundamental to our community. Discrimination or harassment may take many forms, including but not limited to verbal insults, inappropriate humor, defacement or destruction of property and physical intimidation. It may be directed at any one of our distinctive human differences, all members of our community are diminished by these acts. Harassment or discrimination of any person or group of persons on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability or veteran status is a violation of Agnes Scott College policy. Persons determined to have engaged in unacceptable behavior, such as activity which substantially threatens or interferes with another person's academic efforts, property, employment or participation in the life of the College or creates a hostile or demeaning atmosphere, will be subject to prompt disciplinary action."

Employees who wish to register a complaint of discrimination or harassment may contact the director of human resources (inquiries can be kept confidential), a supervisor or department head and/or refer to the 784 Agnes Scott College Complaint Process. They may also file discriminatory harassment complaints with appropriate state or federal agencies under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Policy No.  783  Issued  1/1/2004 Updated 10/30/2015