Expect Respect

A College Commitment

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts wholeheartedly endorses university policies and professional standards of conduct such as the American Association of University Professors Statement on Professional Ethics, that support a university climate free from sexual harassment. Upon hiring, all new faculty are notified of the University's strong commitment to fair and equitable treatment of faculty, staff, and students.  The links below outline the information relevant to these policies.

The University seeks to provide an academic and work environment in which all members of the University community are treated fairly and equitably and with the respect and dignity necessary to allow each member of this community to realize his or her full potential.  Sexual harassment is contrary to this goal.  Incidences of sexual harassment impede equal employment and educational opportunities, impede equal access to freedom of academic inquiry, diminish individual dignity, and present serious and unacceptable barriers to fulfilling the University's scholarly, research, educational, and service missions.  Sexual harassment is a very serious matter with far-reaching effects on the lives and careers of individuals.  It is therefore important that all faculty and students understand what is meant by sexual harassment, avoid engaging in conduct that constitutes sexual harassment, and be aware of University policies and resources for dealing with sexual harassment. [from The University of Michigan Faculty Handbook, section 11.A General Principles]

Throughout the pages on this website, you will find more information about sexual harassment, its definition, how to prevent it, and where to turn to for help if necessary.  The ability to pursue scholarly work in a safe and open environment is critically important to the College and the University community as a whole.

University Policies and Professional Standards

AAUP Statement on Professional Ethics

SACUA statement on Teaching Principles & Responsibilities

Chapter 11 section in Faculty Handbook on Sexual Harassment

University Standard Practice Guide 601.22 on Faculty and Student Relationships

What is Sexual Harassment?

Preventing Harassment and Discrimination

Responding to Harassment and Discrimination

Reporting an Incident

Additional Resources


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