Harassment Prevention, Non-Discrimination, and Title IX

Duke is dedicated to providing a community where everyone feels secure and welcome. We strictly prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, genetic information, or age. Duke does not tolerate harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

We uphold all federal laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, a federal law that requires all entities receiving federal government funds and financial assistance to prohibit sex discrimination in their programs and activities. This comprehensive law prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence; wage discrimination; termination, discrimination, or failure to promote or admit based on pregnancy; and discrimination in athletic opportunities.

Our Role in Harassment Prevention, Non-discrimination, and Title IX

The Office for Institutional Equity helps ensure an environment free of harassment and discrimination by implementing, administering, and coordinating Duke’s harassment and discrimination policies.

Our office carries out these policies by handling complaints, facilitating communication, and acting as a resource for managers, supervisors, staff, and faculty who have related questions or concerns.

In our commitment to support Title IX, we work closely with a range of student, staff, and faculty groups at Duke, including the Office of Student Conduct, which implements Duke’s sexual misconduct policy and procedures.

Through coordination and consultation, we help Duke staff address and solve sensitive issues in the workplace. We inform managers and supervisors about their obligations and rights, connect them with the right resources, and walk them through options to intervene — before a complaint or grievance is filed.

We also hold live trainings with various departments throughout the year and create online training modules for employees about issues related to harassment prevention and non-discrimination. Through these initiatives and others, we’re working to create an environment that is inclusive, respectful, and free from prohibited conduct.