Discrimination & Harassment

What is discrimination?

Discrimination is treating or proposing to treat someone unfavorably because of personal characteristics protected either by law or IU policy. Such discrimination often happens because of unfair assumptions about what people with certain personal characteristics can and cannot do. Discrimination at IU is prohibited both in both the academic and employment setting.

Indiana University students are protected from discrimination in all aspects of their education, including:

  • Recruitment and admissions to programs
  • Reception of financial aid, housing assignments, and counseling services
  • Course enrollment, evaluation, and classroom activities
  • Participation in all university-sponsored events (i.e., recreation, athletics, social)
  • Disciplinary processes and program dismissals

Indiana University employees are protected from discrimination at all stages of employment, including:

  • All aspects of the recruitment process and terms of employment
  • Compensation, benefits, and employee services
  • Opportunities for training, promotion, transfer, or other work-related benefits
  • Tenure and promotion decisions
  • Disciplinary procedures, demotion, and termination

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a specific type of harassment based on conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, written, electronic (e.g., by email, text, social media), or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Sexual harassment, as well as sexual assault, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking, are fully defined and expressly prohibited by the university in its Sexual Misconduct policy.

Any member of the university community who feels that they have been subjected to any form of sexual misconduct in violation of the Sexual Misconduct policy may file a complaint with the appropriate office. You can contact our office at 812-855-4889 and we will work to get you to the right office to respond to your complaint, or you can submit a report online.

For more information regarding the university’s work to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct as well as its Student Welfare Initiative, please visit Stop Sexual Violence.

Report an issue

If you believe you have experienced harassment or discrimination in violation of IU policy or you have witnessed or have information about potential harassment or discrimination occurring, we encourage you to report it.

Report an incident

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

The Annual Security Reports, containing policy statements and crime statistics for Indiana University campuses, are available through Public Safety and the IU Police Department websites at protect.iu.edu/police-safety/annual-reports/index.html. A paper copy will be provided upon request from Public Safety at iups@iu.edu.