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Sexual Harassment

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus, university-wide administration, university athletics departments, Institute for Public Service, and Institute of Agriculture are committed to providing an environment free of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment by any member (faculty, staff, students, applicants) of the university community is a violation of federal and state laws and university policy. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment is an issue that may affect any member of the university community and will be dealt with promptly by the university administration.

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or status in a course, program, or activity;
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions (grades, academic progress, internship, etc.) affecting the individual; or
  3. Such conduct substantially interferes with an individual’s work performance, academic performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Please refer to the Policy on Sexual Misconduct,Relationship Violence, Stalking, and Retaliation.

Retaliation for reporting sexual harassment is prohibited!

This is a summary of the university’s sexual harassment policy. Please refer to the full policy. (HR0280)

What To Do If You Are Sexually Harassed

  1. Know your rights. Sexual harassment is illegal, and university policy prohibits university employees and students from engaging in sexual harassment.
  2. Don’t blame yourself. Sexual harassment is an unwanted action that the harasser decides to take. It is not your fault.
  3. Report the harassment.  An employee or student may obtain information and assistance by contacting the Title IX Office, the Office of Equity and Diversity, and Human Resources.  Almost all University employees are “mandatory reporters,” and can help you contact the Title IX Office.

Where To Go For Help

For more information, please contact

Office of Equity and Diversity (OED)
1840 Melrose Avenue

Office of Title IX
1817 Melrose Avenue

Office of Title IX