Office of the Provost

The University of Michigan Faculty Handbook

11.A General Principles

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 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 (SPG 201.89-0).

Sexual harassment is unlawful under both federal and state law: it is prohibited by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and by Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. In addition, it also constitutes impermissible conduct under the University's Sexual Harassment Policy, which is reproduced in its entirety in SPG 201.89-0 (available on-line at <>), is included in a set of University policies for students available online at <>, and is available in print and a variety of accessible formats from the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) <>. The brochure, "Campus Commitment" further describes sexual harassment and other forms of prohibited discrimination. OIE provides consultation about suspected incidents of discrimination or harassment, and customized educational programs on sexual harassment as well as other prohibited forms of discrimination.

Sexual harassment of another person by a student is a violation of the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities. See section 8.D.6 "Dispute Resolution/Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities."

Faculty Handbook: Sexual Harassment: