Harassment and Discrimination Policies

Harassment and Discrimination Policies

Appalachian State University is committed to providing working, learning, and living environments free from harassment and discrimination. Harassment based upon race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability is a form of discrimination in violation of federal and/or state law and Appalachian State University policy, and will not be tolerated. It is the internal policy of Appalachian State University to prohibit harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Retaliation against any person opposing or complaining of harassment is in violation of federal and state law and Appalachian State University policy, and will not be tolerated.

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on sex and falls within the scope of institutional policies and procedures regarding discrimination. As with other forms of discrimination, the University is committed to maintaining an environment free of sexual harassment. In accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University defines sexual harassment as unwelcome and unsolicited sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other conduct of a sexual nature when:

  1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic decisions;
  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct may be used as a basis for an individual's employment or academic decisions; or
  3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, learning, and living environment.

Applicable grievance procedures for students, faculty, and staff are established and are outlined in the Appalachian State University Policy Manual and the Code of Student Conduct. Violations of the harassment and discrimination policies may lead to disciplinary action, including reprimands, suspension or dismissal of offenders. For more information, please visit: