University Policies Related to Educational Equity and Civility

AD41 Sexual Harassment

  • Describes the process for resolving sexual harassment complaints involving students, faculty, and staff.

  • Terri Mando ( and Ken Miller ( are the College's designated resource persons to assist in the resolution of complaints of sexual harassment; the College Ombudsman can also serve as a resource in such matters.

AD42 Statement on Nondiscrimination and Harassment

  • Describes the process for resolving discrimination complaints involving faculty and staff.

HR76 Faculty Rights and Responsibilities (including the Role of the Ombudsman)

  • Describes the informal and formal process for resolving complaints involving faculty members.

  • Explains the office of the College Ombudsman.  This individual works with faculty and administrators to resolve differences informally and in a confidential manner.

  • Describes the functions of the University Committee of Faculty Rights and Responsibilities.  This body reviews petitions dealing with complaints against and from faculty members.

HR79 Staff Grievance Procedure

  • Describes the informal and formal process for resolving complaints involving staff members.

Related Documents

AD29 Statement on Intolerance

  • Describes the University's position on acts of intolerance originating from discrimination.

HR11 Affirmative Action in Employment at the Pennsylvania State University

  • Specifies the role of the Affirmative Action Office to work with administrative units to resolve complaints based on discrimination.

  • States the principle of prompt, fair, and impartial consideration of discrimination complaints.

Additional Resources

Penn State University Affirmative Action Web Site

Educational Equity Office

Faculty Rights Regarding Classroom Behavior

  • This document deals with confronting disruptive behavior, the importance of communicating expectations, campus resources available to assist faculty, and relevant University policies and procedures.



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