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Operations Manual The University of Iowa

PART II. COMMUNITY POLICIES
DIVISION I HUMAN RIGHTS, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

(Written to conform to Regents Procedural Guide 3/74; amended 9/93; 10/95; 9/97)

CHAPTER 14: ANTI-HARASSMENT

(6/05; 12/05; 12/11; 8/13)

Note: Effective August 2013, this policy has been revised. For individual changes, see the redlined version.

14.1 Rationale
14.2 Policy
14.3 Scope of Policy
14.4 Bringing a Complaint
14.5 Informal Resolution of Complaints
14.6 Investigation of Formal Complaints
14.7 Process for Disciplinary Action
14.8 Applicable Procedures
14.9 Isolated Behavior
14.10 Protection of Alleged Victims, Complainants, and Others
14.11 Protection of the Respondent
14.12 Confidentiality

14.1 RATIONALE.
The purpose of this policy is to prevent harassment within The University of Iowa community and to provide a process for addressing all forms of harassment if and when it does occur. The University of Iowa is committed to maintaining an environment that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and that fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect. This commitment requires that the highest value be placed on the use of reason and that any harassment in the University community be renounced as repugnant and inimical to its goals. Harassment destroys the mutual trust which binds members of the community in their pursuit of truth.

The University also is committed strongly to academic freedom and free speech. An educational institution has a duty to provide a forum in which free speech and differences of opinion are actively encouraged and facilitated, and where opinions and deeply held beliefs are challenged and debated. Critical to this mission is providing a nondiscriminatory environment that is conducive to learning. Respect for these rights requires that members of the University community tolerate expressions of opinion that differ from their own or that they may find abhorrent.

This policy addresses harassment in all forms based on any classification covered by law and/or II-3 Human Rights (with the exception of sexual harassment, which is addressed in II-4 Sexual Harassment) and IV-2 Sexual Misconduct Involving Students, as well as harassment based on other factors as set forth in this policy.
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14.2 POLICY.
Harassment of any member of the University community is prohibited.

14.3 SCOPE OF POLICY.

14.4 BRINGING A COMPLAINT.

14.5 INFORMAL RESOLUTION OF COMPLAINTS.

14.6 INVESTIGATION OF FORMAL COMPLAINTS.

14.7 PROCESS FOR FORMAL DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

14.8 APPLICABLE PROCEDURES.
Formal disciplinary action taken in response to alleged violations of this policy by:

14.9 ISOLATED BEHAVIOR.
This section addresses isolated behavior that does not rise to the level of a violation of this policy. However, it should be understood that a single incident can under certain circumstances constitute harassment in violation of this policy. The purpose of this section is preventative, in that it authorizes and encourages appropriate intervention designed to avoid a violation of this policy. However, this section shall not apply to constitutionally protected speech as provided in II-14.2c above.

14.10 PROTECTION OF ALLEGED VICTIMS, COMPLAINANTS, AND OTHERS.

14.11 PROTECTION OF THE RESPONDENT.

14.12 CONFIDENTIALITY.


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