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Harassment presents itself as a challenging annoyance, which most everyone will have to confront over a period of time. As defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, harassment is commonly transferred via some type of unwelcome communicated behavior, which includes discrimination (2007). There are several motives for which harassment can occur, including race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and disability. Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 are two federal discrimination laws that help protect residents of the United States from occurrences including both discrimination and harassment, that contribute to a hostile work and/or learning environment, causing limitation or interference with ones work performance or education. In order to help Student Affairs professionals “stay out of court” this handbook was designed as a source to educate readers on Laws and Statues related to Title VI, Title VII and Title IX, programs offered by universities in an attempt to confront harassment, guidelines and best practices for employees of higher education institutions, facts and figures on sexual harassment, and background historical information in addition to relevant law cases involving issues of racial and sexual harassment within a system of higher education, as well as a non educational work environment.

Throughout the following handbook the reader will find important information that will hopefully aid in developing an understanding and awareness regarding the need for Student Affairs professionals to be knowledgeable in the area of harassment.


Civil Rights and Discrimination | Education | Labor and Employment Law | Law | Law and Gender | Student Counseling and Personnel Services