Policies

Duke University is an institution and community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness and respect for all people.

Our policies and procedures show that we actively value diversity in our workplace and seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone while meeting our regulatory obligations.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Duke prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, genetic information, or age in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, employment, or any other university program or activity.

Read the full nondiscrimination statement.

Discrimination Grievance Procedure

Duke has adopted an internal grievance procedure that aims to provide prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. This grievance procedure applies to complaints based both within an employment (employees or applicants) and educational (students) context.

Read about discrimination grievance procedures.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Duke is committed to encouraging and sustaining work and learning environments that are free from harassment and prohibited discrimination. Duke prohibits discrimination and harassment in the administration of both its employment and educational policies. Equal employment and educational opportunities are provided without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability. Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Duke prohibits discrimination based on sex. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. Duke has designated a director of Title IX compliance in the Office for Institutional Equity as its Title IX coordinator.

Harassment Policy and Procedures

Harassment of any individual for any reason is not acceptable at Duke. In all cases, it undermines the university’s commitments to excellence and to respect for the dignity and worth of all individuals.

Read about harassment policy and procedures.

Student Sexual Misconduct Policy

The Student Sexual Misconduct Policy prohibits all forms of sex/gender-based harassment, sexual/gender violence, sexual exploitation, relationship violence (domestic violence and dating violence), and stalking. It’s applicable to all students: undergraduate, graduate, professional, or any student enrolled in any Duke program.

Read the full Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Consensual Relationship Policy

Duke’s Policy on Consensual Relationships aims to avoid problems of interest, exploitation, and favoritism that may arise from employee relationships and faculty-student relationships. It also helps ensure that each member of the Duke community is treated with dignity and without regard to any factors that are not relevant to that person’s work.

Read the full Consensual Relationship Policy.

Disability Accommodations Procedure

Duke has adopted an internal grievance procedure that aims to provide prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging discrimination based on the denial of accommodations for disability.

Read about the disability accommodations grievance procedure.

Human Resources Policies and Procedures

The Duke Human Resources Policy Manual offers comprehensive details about Duke’s Human Resources policies, procedures, and forms. The manual provides supervisors and staff with access to uniform information to assure equitable and consistent application of the policies.

See the Duke Human Resources Policy Manual.

Políticas en Español

Política Sobre Relaciones Consensuales

El objetivo de la Política Sobre Relaciones Consensuales es evitar los problemas de conflictos de interés, explotación, y favoritism en relaciones entre empleados y relaciones entre profesores y estudiantes. También intenta ayudar a asegurar que cada miembro de la comunidad de Duke sea tratado con dignidad y sin consideración de cualquier factor que no sea relativo al trabajo de esa persona.

Lea todo la Política Sobre Relaciones Consensuales.

Política y Procedimientos de Acoso

En Duke es inaceptable el acoso de cualquier persona por cualquier motivo. En todos los casos, el acoso menoscaba los compromisos de la Universidad con la excelencia y el respeto por la dignidad y el mérito de todas las personas.

Lea todo la Política y Procedimientos de Acoso.

Get Support

If you’re a faculty or staff member with concerns or questions, you’re encouraged to address them as soon as possible by speaking with your manager, supervisor, department chair, or dean. You may also express such concerns or questions by contacting Duke Human Resources or the Office for Institutional Equity at 919-684-8222.

Students are encouraged to raise concerns or questions with their department chair, dean, or advisor, or contact the Office of Student Affairs at conduct@duke.edu.

Learn more about support resources for students.