Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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Discrimination and Harassment
Revised June 2006
Discrimination is any distinction drawn regarding any aspect of an individual's employment or education solely because of that individual's race, gender, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Harassment is conduct that substantially interferes with an individual's work or educational performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment. Such conduct may constitute harassment even if done under the guise of humor.
No member of the academic community may discriminate against or harass any other member of the academic community on the basis of the latter person's race, gender, color, religion, ancestry,national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. This policy is consistent with all state and federal regulations.
Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- submission to such conduct is made -- either explicitly or implicitly -- a term or condition of an individual's employment or education status;
- submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for an employment or educational decision affecting such an individual; or
- such conduct substantially interferes with an individual's work or educational performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.
Following are examples of sexual harassment, although the list is not all-inclusive:
a. Verbal: sexual innuendo, suggestive comments, insults, humor and jokes about sex or gender-specific traits, sexual propositions, threats.
b. Non-verbal: suggestive or insulting sounds, leering, whistling, obscene gestures.
c. Physical touching: pinching, brushing the body, coerced sexual intercourse, assault.
Residents who feel that they or others are subjects of discrimination or harassment should contact a faculty member.
Most incidences of discrimination or harassment are resolved without initiating a formal complaint. However, procedures for filing a complaint are detailed in the Complaints and Grievances Policy.
Depending on the involved parties, either WSU or institutional policies, or both, may apply.