Sexual Harassment

The University of Pittsburgh is committed to the maintenance of a community free from all forms of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment violates University policy as well as state, federal, and local laws. It is neither permitted nor condoned. The coverage of this policy extends to all faculty, researchers, staff, students, vendors, contractors, and visitors to the University.

It is also a violation of the University of Pittsburgh's policy against sexual harassment for any employee or student at the University of Pittsburgh to attempt in any way to retaliate against a person who makes a claim of sexual harassment.

Any individual who, after a thorough investigation, is found to have violated the University's policy against sexual harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, reprimand, suspension (with or without pay), termination, or expulsion. The disciplinary action taken will depend upon the severity of the offense.

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to such conduct is an explicit or implicit condition of employment or academic success; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for an employment or academic decision; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of (a) unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or (b) creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment.

While sexual harassment most often takes place where there is a power differential between the persons involved, it also may occur between persons of the same status. Sexual harassment can occur on University premises or off campus at University-sponsored events. It can occur between members of the same gender as well as between members of different genders.

For additional information, refer to University Policy 06-05-01, Sexual Misconduct. Copies of this policy and the brochures Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures and Cost mmbating Sexual Harassment are available from the Office of Affirmative Action located in 901 William Pitt Union, telephone 412-648-7860. Guidelines for administrative handling of sexual harassment complaints can be found online at