TAP No. 30 - Affirmative Action, Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity, and Human Relations in the Workplace and Classroom
Complaints and Concerns
The office works with faculty, administrators, staff and students to resolve concerns and offer options and institutional process to any individuals or groups believing they have experienced discrimination.
Report an incident
Consultation and Guidance
The office provides consultation, guidance and support to the University community regarding equal opportunity and nondiscrimination.
Training and Education
The office offers training and education in conjunction with other University offices to work to ensure campus understanding of laws regarding discrimination and equal opportunity.
Current Duquesne students, staff and faculty can learn more about anti-discrimination in DORI.
TAP No. 31 - University Policy on Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct
Quick Reference Defining Sexual Misconduct
- Making implied or overt threats unless sexual favors are granted
- Making suggestive or insulting sounds
- Making jokes, teasing or spreading rumors
- Commenting on sexual orientation
- Remarking about clothing, body, sexual activities, etc.
- Leaving messages in graffiti, in emails, by telephone
- Using foul or hostile language
- Leering or ogling an individual
- Making obscene gestures toward an individual
- Posting pornographic images in view of an individual
- Touching an individual inappropriately - patting, pinching, etc.
- Brushing against an individual's body
- Kissing or hugging an individual when the individual does not want to be kissed or hugged
- Cornering an individual
- Raping or attempting to rape an individual
What to Do if You Experience Sexual Misconduct
Confront the Aggressor
Tell him/her to stop because the behavior is offensive. Depending on the offensive behavior, say things like:
- "That is offensive. Please stop."
- "Staring at me makes me uncomfortable. Please don't do it again."
- "Please call me by my name, not "Babe.'"
Most people will stop inappropriate behavior when it's called to their attention, so act swiftly.
Keep Accurate Records of the Incidents
What happened? Where? When?
Who witnessed the incident?
Talk to a friend, relative, counselor, pastor.
Contact the Director of Anti-discrimination Policy and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator Sean Weaver at email@example.com or 412.396.2560.
Current Duquesne students, staff and faculty can learn more about sexual harassment in DORI.
BE SMART - BE SAFE! This link lists for you tons of contact information for University and Community Resources. You can also pick up pocket-sized copies of these cards in any Student Life office or the Office of the Title IX Coordinator.
Bystander Awareness: Be there for each other!
What do I do when I see something that's not cool? Here are some helpful suggestions to keep in mind when in a situation that could lead to sexual misconduct:
Steps to Action
Pay Attention - Be alert to things that make you feel uncomfortable
Signs of sexual pressure, unwanted attention or disrespect?
Someone who is way too drunk?*
Worried looks? Anyone who seems scared or confused?
Decide - Should someone intervene?
Is the situation heading in a bad direction?
Does someone need help? If you can, check in with whomever you are aiming to help.
Make A Plan - Fit your intervention to the situation
Who's in the best position to act? Call on friends, allies, hosts, authority figures - or do something yourself.
When's the best moment? Now? Later? Do you need time to plan or to organize others?
Make It Happen - Stay calm. Follow your plan. Be ready to get help if you need it.
Look for allies. Be alert for others trying to help, too.
Start by using the lightest touch you can.
Act even if you feel awkward or nervous.
Techniques to Try
Think Small: Small interventions can be the most effective. Use humor and creativity. Act early. Act often.
Disrupt The Situation: Intrude. Make a joke. Change the topic. Spill something. Be a third wheel.
Offer Help: Signal your concern and willingness to act. It's OK if you are turned down at first or altogether. Simply offering to help changes the dynamics.
De-Escalate: Be calm, respectful. Shift the focus away from the problem.
Think Big: Most interventions are small. But some problems are so deeply entrenched that they require sustained action. Find allies and make plans.
Make Space: Separate the person at risk from the source of danger. Set some alternative plan in motion, or create a diversion.
Name the problem: Acknowledging that things aren't right can go a long way.
Slow Things Down: Give people time to extricate themselves, if that's what they want.
Be Safe: If you think you are in danger, step back and get help.
Why does this work so well?
Sexual violence often operates through "scripts" - patterns that are surprisingly coercive for those cast in the central roles. As a bystander, you are an extra, standing by as the plot unfolds. Simply by stepping into the action, you break the script. You're like the kid in 3rd grade who walked on stage at the wrong cue and messed everything up. This time, that's exactly what you're after.
More questions about Bystander Intervention? Take a look at this Who Are You? video! It shows a few scenarios of bad situations and what can be done to help avoid sexual misconduct (be sure to review the trigger warning before viewing).
Questions about Consent?
Programs for January:
January is Stalking Awareness Month: Here's how you can help!
Napkins in Union and Student Dining areas: The Office of the Title IX Coordinator and the Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) are teaming up to bring issues of stalking to campus. The student group will be distributing awareness and helpful tips on napkins to be distributed throughout the month. Also, look for informational posters on campus on where to go if you suspect someone is in an unhealthy relationship or the subject of unwanted advances or stalking.
Questions or need assistance? Contact the office of Health Service at 412-396-1650 or the office of the Title IX Coordinator at 412-396-2560
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Get involved!
The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is completed by the Department of Public Safety to be in compliance with the Pennsylvania College & University Security Information Act (May 26, 1988, P.L. 448, No. 73; and PA Leos. Serv. Act 1994-87) and with the U.S. Student Right to Know & Campus Security Act (Public Law 101-542). It is mandated that certain data be published on an annual basis by each institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, relating to the number and per-capita rate of certain types of crimes reported to have occurred at the institution, and the security measures that are in place to reduce the risk of criminal victimization for members of the community. In compliance with these requirements, Duquesne University is pleased to present the information to all students, employees and applicants to the University.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) requires we show crime statistics by specific geographic categories at each of our campuses.
For any Clery-related inquiries, please contact Michael Sippey in the Department of Public Safety.