Formal Notice: Policies Prohibiting Harassment and Discrimination

This is a revised policy that all SOM faculty and staff are encouraged to review.

TO: All Students, Faculty and Staff

FROM: Chancellor Holden Thorp

RE: Policies Prohibiting Harassment and Discrimination


As another semester begins, I want to emphasize Carolina's commitment to provide a welcoming, inclusive environment. The University fully supports the right of every member of the Carolina community to learn and work in an atmosphere free from discrimination and harassment. Our educational and employment decisions are based on an individual's abilities and qualifications, not on a person's background, beliefs or circumstances.

In support of this commitment, the University has adopted both a general Policy Statement on Non-Discrimination and a more detailed Policy on Prohibited Harassment and Discrimination. The University's policies apply to all members of the Carolina community (students, faculty, staff, and third parties over whom the University has control) and affirm that the University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Importantly, the Policy on Prohibited Harassment and Discrimination specifies the procedures for reporting and addressing concerns regarding harassment and discrimination of students, faculty, and staff.

The University has recently revised its Policy on Prohibited Harassment and Discrimination.  As a result of these revisions, this Policy now:

* Clearly identifies the Equal Opportunity/ADA Office and the Dean of Students Office as resources for students who may have complaints of prohibited harassment or discrimination;

* Expands the list of related campus policies in the Policy Section;

* Provides more explicit timeframes for review and resolution of complaints;

* Requires training for anyone who may receive or investigate a complaint;

* Clarifies that both the complainant and the accused can provide information as a part of the investigation;

* Provides specific examples of corrective actions, including actions that may apply to the complainant;

* Assures that there is consistency in outcomes and corrective actions by involving the Equal Opportunity/ADA Office;

* Expressly states a commitment to protect complainants (including protections against retaliation);

* Reinforces the importance of confidentiality and confidential resources on campus;

* Defines sexual harassment to clarify the special circumstances of quid pro quo ("this for that") harassment; and

* Assures that a student's complaint against a faculty member in his/her major department will be reviewed by someone outside of the department.

Copies of the Policy Statement on Non-Discrimination and the revised Policy on Prohibited Harassment and Discrimination are available at I ask that you please take time to read them and become aware of the resources available to help resolve any concerns about discrimination or harassment. Everyone who works or studies at Carolina should understand the expectations for respectful, appropriate interactions among students, faculty and staff.

The Equal Opportunity/ADA Office has primary oversight of the University's harassment and discrimination policies and procedures. The Equal Opportunity/ADA Office has online training programs on preventing harassment and discrimination available at its website, In addition, the Equal Opportunity/ADA Office staff is available to provide both classroom training and on-site training for groups or departments on topics related to prohibited harassment and discrimination.

If you have any questions, or concerns, I encourage you to contact the Equal Opportunity/ADA Office (966-3576). Students may also contact the Dean of Students Office (966-4042). Employees may also contact the following offices: the Office of Human Resources' Employee and Management Relations Department (843-3444), the Academic Personnel Office (962-1091), the Office of the Associate Provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (962-6962), or the respective chairs of the faculty and EPA non-faculty grievance committees. The people in these offices can help you understand the policies and options for resolving any discrimination or harassment concerns connected with your study or work at the University. These offices are required to investigate any concerns you share.

Confidential consulting is available for students through Campus Health Services, Counseling and Wellness Services (966-3658), and for employees through the Ombuds Office (843-8204). The University can guarantee complete confidentiality only when a student shares a concern with Counseling and Wellness Services and when an employee shares a concern with the Ombuds Office that does not involve an imminent risk of serious harm. These offices will not share information or investigate concerns, except as noted above.

We can eliminate discrimination and harassment, and the consequences for failing to confront these issues, only through our commitment both to educate our campus community on these issues and to equitably address any concerns. I appreciate your efforts to sustain and strengthen this commitment at Carolina.