What Is Sexual Misconduct?
Sexual misconduct refers to sexual- or gender-based harassment, sexual or gender violence, sexual exploitation, relationship violence (domestic violence and dating violence), and sex- or gender-based stalking.
What Is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in both educational programs and employment. It applies to all aspects of employment and education programs and activities at Duke University.
Title IX has a broad scope, providing that no person should be excluded from participation in an educational institution’s programs or activities or be denied the benefits of those programs or activities based on sex or gender. Along with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it prohibits discrimination based on sex or gender in employment. Title IX prohibits sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) when it is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough to interfere with an individual’s ability to participate in Duke’s programs or activities or to perform his or her job.
Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex or gender in other ways:
- In academic courses and programs, including but not limited to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
- Related to pregnancy or parenthood
- In grading, classroom assignments, and housing
- In athletics
What is Duke’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct?
Duke is proactive in its efforts to address and reduce instances of sexual misconduct, including sexual violence, in order to create and maintain a welcoming learning and working environment. It’s our responsibility to ensure compliance with federal law by demonstrating that our programs are operated in a manner consistent with Title VII and Title IX regulations and provisions, as well as the Violence Against Women Act.
Jayne Grandes is the director for Title IX compliance at Duke University and Duke University Health System. In this capacity, Jayne is responsible for the administration and coordination of Duke's Title IX-related policies, programs, and compliance efforts. The scope of this responsibility includes, among other things, oversight of complaint resolution, resources, communications, and training in connection with Title IX's prohibition of discrimination based upon sex or gender. Contact Jayne Grandes by email or call her at 919-660-5766.
Learn more about Duke’s policies on Title IX and sexual misconduct:
- Information about Title IX in printable format
- Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct, which applies to sexual misconduct committed by faculty, staff, and others
- Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, which applies to sexual misconduct committed by students
Whom Can I Contact for Help?
If you feel you’ve been subjected to sexual harassment or sex discrimination, or you have questions about our policies, please contact the Office for Institutional Equity at 919-684-8222.
You may also get help from any of the following resources:
Confidential assistance is available for Duke University and Duke Health employees through the Personal Assistance Service
Confidential assistance for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students of all genders is available through:
- Office of Gender Violence Prevention in the Women's Center.
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- Phone: 919-970-3342
- Ada Gregory, Student Ombudsperson
Harassment Prevention Advisors (HPAs) are Duke administrators who have been trained to help students with harassment concerns or complaints, including those involving Title IX. Please be aware that, when responding to harassment concerns or complaints, HPAs are unable to guarantee confidentiality. See a list of current HPAs.
Applicants, Visitors and Patients
If you are a Duke applicant for employment or admissions or a visitor or patient, there are resources to assist you with your concern or question involving sex discrimination.
- The office or department with which you directly interacted
- OIE at 919-684-8222