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Policy Prohibiting Illegal Harassment and Discrimination

1. INTRODUCTION
1.1 The University of North Carolina at Pembroke affirms its desire to maintain a work environment for all employees and an academic environment for all faculty and students that is free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. UNCP wishes to maintain an
environment which supports and rewards individuals on the basis of such relevant factors as academic ability and work performance. Conduct or action that is based on a person’s race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or veteran status creating a hostile environment that prevents effective learning or work performance is in opposition to a campus environment free of harassment.

2. VIOLATIONS
2.1 No student or student group shall engage in conduct, or assist another in the following conduct:

2.1.a. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, honorable service in the armed services of the United States, or sex, except as allowed under Title IX, that impairs or may impair an individual’s university working conditions, privileges, or opportunities for university employment, educational opportunities, participation in university- sponsored extracurricular activities, or opportunities to benefit from other aspects of university life. Religious student groups with bona fide religious beliefs that will be contradicted by the group’s compliance with this provision should contact the vice chancellor for student affairs to obtain the university’s policy regarding requests for exceptions under this provision.

2.1.b. Harassment or intimidation directed toward a particular person or persons that is severe or pervasive and abuses or otherwise unreasonably interferes with another so as to adversely affect their academic pursuits, opportunities for university employment, participation in university-sponsored extracurricular activities, or opportunities to benefit from other aspects of university life.

2.1.c. Threats that involve violation of restraining orders or no-contact orders imposed by government or campus authorities, stalking, or other activities that create a reasonable apprehension of physical or emotional harm to an individual following a request or order to desist.

2.1.d. The face-to-face use of “fighting words” to harass any person or persons on the university campus or other property under university control. “Fighting words” are those personally abusive epithets which, when directly addressed to any ordinary person, are in the context used and as a matter of common knowledge, inherently likely to provoke an immediate and violent reaction, whether or not they actually do so.

2.2 Students violating this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

3. TO REPORT VIOLATIONS
3.1 Students experiencing harassment as described herein should contact campus police or provide a written statement to the vice chancellor for student affairs. Complaints against UNCP students will be governed by the procedures stated in Chapter IV., Rights & Responsibilities. Student complaints against UNCP faculty or staff will be governed by the procedures stated in the Student Grievance Policy.

3.2 Members of the university community are prohibited from acts of retaliation against individuals who bring complaints or are involved as witnesses in any action connected with this policy.

4. SPECIFIC PROHIBITIONS AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AT UNCP
4.1 Sex. As required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, UNCP does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities it operates except in the manner and to the degree allowed by Title IX. This protection against discrimination extends but is not limited to employment with and admission as a student to UNCP. Inquiries about and complaints of any violation of Title IX may be directed to the director of human resources for UNCP, who is designated by UNCP to coordinate and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX and related regulations, either directly or through a designee. Inquiries and complaints regarding violation of Title IX with regard to athletics at UNCP may also be directed to the Department of Athletics senior woman’s administrator.

4.2 Disability. As and to the extent required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, UNCP does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the educational programs and other activities it operates. Inquiries about and complaints of any violation of Section 504 or Title II by students may be directed to the director of disability support services for UNCP, who is designated by UNCP to coordinate and carry out its responsibilities under Section 504, Title II, and related regulations, either directly or through a designee.

4.3 Complaints and Grievance Processes. Complaints by students alleging violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 will be handled through the Student Grievance Policy if no other grievance process (e.g., the Sexual Assault Policy, Student Handbook) is more directly applicable as determined by the director of human resources.

4.4 The director of human resources can be contacted at Department of Human Resources, Room 347, Lumbee Hall, UNC Pembroke, One University Drive, Pembroke, NC 28372,
telephone 910-521-6279. The senior woman’s administrator can be contacted at Department of Athletics, Room 1182, Jones Health and Physical Education Center, One University Drive, Pembroke, NC 28372, telephone 910-521-6809.

4.5 Complaints by students alleging violations of Section 504 and or Title II will be handled through the Disabled Student Grievance Policy, which is available from the director of disability support services, if no other grievance process is more directly applicable as determined by the director of disability support services. The director of disability support services can be contacted at Disability Support Services, Room 111, D.F. Lowry Building, UNC Pembroke, One University Drive, Pembroke, NC 28372, telephone 910-521-6890.