Non-Discrimination Policy

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Non-Discrimination Policy

The University of Delaware Non-Discrimination policy serves to promote an academic and work environment that is free from all forms of discrimination, including harassment.

Protections provided under this policy are afforded to individuals based on the following protected classes:

Age Disability**
Sex* Gender Identity*
Genetics Marital Status
Veteran Status National Origin
Race/color Religion
Sexual Orientation* Retaliation

*Claims related to sex, gender identity and sexual orientation are covered under the Sexual Misconduct Policy

** Disability accommodations are handled by the Disability Support Services (DSS) office.

Reporting an Incident
  1. Reporting an incident is mandatory for any manager/supervisor, or student working in a role that requires them to report misconduct;
  2. A report may be filed by anyone who believes they have been a victim of or have witnessed or otherwise wish to report an incident of discrimination or harassment based on the above protected classes.
  3. Complaints must be filed within 180 days of last alleged act.
  4. Reports may be filed with the Office of Equity & Inclusion here.
  5. Anonymous Reporting is available through the EthicsPoint Compliance Hotline at https://www1.udel.edu/compliance/ OR 1-888-366-6033.
Complaint Process

Informal:

The complainant has the option to resolve the matter informally. The complainant and the respondent will work with a member of the OEI staff to resolve the matter and in some cases other offices may be brought into the conversation to resolve the issue.  A possible outcome may result in moving the complaint into the Formal Process.  See the policy for more details on this process.

Formal:

The complainant has the option to file a formal complaint in most cases, and an investigation may ensue. An investigator will interview the complainant, the respondent and any witnesses, and collect any documentation that may be relevant to the case.

Once the investigation has concluded, the parties are invited to meet with the investigator to review the draft report and respond to it in writing as outlined in the policy. The investigator then completes the final report and notifies the parties in writing of the outcome. The parties are invited to meet with the investigator to review and discuss the final report and to learn of next steps.

Sanctioning and appeal processes are outlined in detail in the policy. 

Standard of Proof: 

The standard of proof in all matters under this Policy will be preponderance of the information. This standard requires the Investigator       to conclude that it is more likely than not that the Respondent violated this policy in order for there to be a finding of responsible. Under this standard, individuals are presumed not to have violated this Policy unless a preponderance of the information supports a finding of responsible.

Resources

Students may contact the Center for Counseling and Student Development to seek assistance and/or confidential consultation.

261 Perkins Student Center/ Laurel Hall

302.831.2141/ 302.831.1001 (24/7/365 Hotline)

Employees may utilize the HMS (Health Advocate) EAP + Work/LIfe Network.

800.343.2186 (24/7 Support)

www.hmsHealthAdvocate.com

For questions or additional information, contact:
Fatimah Stone, Esq.
Office of Equity and Inclusion
305 Hullihen Hall
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-8063
oei@udel.edu 

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