General Anti-Harassment Policy
The Johns Hopkins University is committed to providing its staff, faculty and students the opportunity to pursue excellence in their academic and professional endeavors. This opportunity can exist only when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of mutual respect. The free and open exchange of ideas is fundamental to the University's purpose. It is not the University's intent in promulgating this policy to inhibit free speech or the free communication of ideas by members of the academic community.
B. Policy Against Discriminatory Harassment
1. The University is committed to maintaining learning and working environments that are free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. Accordingly, harassment based on sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,1 veteran status, or other legally protected characteristic is prohibited. The University will not tolerate harassment, sexual harassment (including sexual violence) or retaliation in the workplace or educational environment whether committed by faculty, staff, or students, or by visitors to Hopkins while they are on campus. Each member of the community is responsible for fostering civility, for being familiar with this policy, and for refraining from conduct that violates this policy.
2. For purposes of this policy, harassment is defined as:
a) any type of behavior which is based on sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, that
b) is so severe or pervasive that it interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment.
3. Harassment when directed at an individual because of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, personal appearance, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic may include, but is not limited to: unwanted physical contact; use of epithets, inappropriate jokes, comments or innuendos; obscene or harassing telephone calls, e‑mails, letters, notes or other forms of communication; and, any conduct that may create a hostile working or academic environment.
4. Sexual harassment, whether between people of different sexes or the same sex, is defined to include, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexual violence and other behavior of a sexual nature when:
a) submission to such conduct is made implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or participation in an education program;
b) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for personnel decisions or for academic evaluation or advancement; or
c) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.
Examples of conduct that may, depending on the facts and circumstances, constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: making comments about someone’s appearance in a sexually suggestive way; staring at someone or making obscene gestures or noises; repeatedly asking someone on a date; stalking (including cyber stalking); “flashing” or exposing body parts; spreading sexual rumors; rating peers or colleagues with respect to sexual performance; non-consensual observation, photographing, or recording of sexual activity or nudity; non-consensual distribution or dissemination of photographs or recordings of sexual activity or nudity, including distribution or dissemination of photographs or recordings that were made consensually; allowing a third party to observe sexual activity without the consent of all parties; and prostituting or trafficking another person.
5. Retaliation against an individual who complains of discriminatory harassment under this policy, is strictly prohibited. Intentionally making a false accusation of harassment is also prohibited.
C. Responsibilities Under this Policy
The University is committed to enforcement of this policy. Individuals who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to the full range of sanctions, up to and including termination of his/her University affiliation.
1. All individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this Policy.
2. Staff, faculty and/or students who believe that they have been subject to discriminatory harassment are encouraged to report, as soon as possible, their concerns to the Office of Institutional Equity, their supervisors, divisional human resources or the Office of the Dean of their School.
3. Individuals who witness what they believe may be discriminatory harassment of another are encouraged to report their concerns as soon as possible to the Office of Institutional Equity, their supervisors, divisional human resources or the Office of the Dean of their School.
4. Complainants are assured that reports of harassment will be treated in a confidential manner, within the bounds of the University's legal obligation to respond appropriately to any and all allegations of harassment.
5. Managers, including faculty managers, who receive reports of harassment should contact human resources or the Office of Institutional Equity for assistance in investigating and resolving the issue.
6. Managers, including faculty managers, are required to implement corrective action where, after completing the investigation, it is determined corrective action is indicated.
7. The University administration is responsible for ensuring the consistent application of this policy.
D. Procedures for Discrimination Complaints Brought Within Hopkins
Inquiries regarding procedures on discrimination complaints may be directed to Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity, or Allison J. Boyle, Assistant Vice Provost, Title IX Coordinator, Wyman Park Building, Suite 515, Homewood Campus, 410-516-8075, TTY: Dial 711.
1. For the purposes of this policy, “gender identity or expression” refers to an individual's having or being perceived as having a gender-related self-identity, self-image, appearance, expression, or behavior, whether or not those gender-related characteristics differ from those associated with the individual's assigned sex at birth.