Policies, Statements & Procedures

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 (including pregnancy), gender, 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.

Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct

Duke has adopted a policy and internal grievance procedure that aims to provide prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy), gender, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. The policy and procedure also apply to complaints regarding disability and religious accommodations. The policy and procedure apply to complaints based both within an employment (employees or applicants) and educational (students) context.

Read about the policy and procedures here Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct.

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. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. 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.

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.

Please note that the section of the Policy on faculty relationships with students has been replaced by Appendix Z of the Faculty Handbook that can be found here.

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.

Title IX Statement

Title IX and its implementing regulations prohibit sex discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal funds. Read the full Title IX Statement and Further Information document here

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.