DEPARTMENT OF SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND HEARING SCIENCES
SPEECH & HEARING CLINIC
Auburn University is committed to providing a working and academic environment free from discrimination and harassment and to fostering a nurturing and vibrant community founded upon the fundamental dignity and worth of all it members.
In accordance with applicable federal law, Auburn University complies with all regulations regarding unlawful discrimination against or harassment of its students. Any form of discrimination or harassment related to a student’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability (protected classes) is a violation of University policy. This policy is intended to cover any prohibited harassment of or discrimination against a student by other students, employees, or University agents. This policy also covers harassment of students by non-employees on University property or while engaged in University sponsored activities, as well as discrimination against students by University contractors.
Students who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of their race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability should report incidents to the Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity (AA/EEO). In addition to the Office of Vice President for Student Affairs, all faculty, staff, and administrators should assist students in directing their harassment and/or discrimination complaints to the Office of AA/EEO.
The Office of AA/EEO will investigate the incident and will consult with witnesses and other appropriate University officials as necessary. Complaints will be handled on a “need to know” basis with a view toward protecting the complaining party from possible reprisal and protecting the accused from irresponsible or mistaken complaints.
Harassment also includes any coercive sexual behavior used to control or influence a student. It may be manifested by verbal and/or physical actions, gestures, unnecessary touching, leering at a person's body, attempts to embarrass, request for sexual favors, and physical assault.
Sexual harassment in academic settings, and in the employment arena where students are involved, is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
Students who feel that they have been sexually harassed should report their complaint to the Division of Student Affairs. This office, in consultation with the Affirmative Action Office, will investigate the incident, consult with other appropriate University officials if necessary, and will resolve the complaint if possible.
Last Updated: March 17, 2020