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A full statement of Tufts University policies concerning harassment, non-discrimination, and Equal Opportunity can be found at


No one at Tufts (students, faculty, staff, guests, etc.) should be subjected to ridicule, threats, repeated or annoying acts, or other forms of harassment because of his or her race, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, or for any other reason.

All members of the Tufts community should be able to live, study, and participate in university life free from unwanted interference from others. For example, uttering racial and religious slurs or displaying derogatory graffiti or texts directed at individuals or groups of individuals and intended to create a hostile environment constitutes harassment. Characterizing behavior as a ‘prank,’ or ‘practical joke’ does not change its harassing nature if the object of the joke is not a willing and active participant. Therefore, phone calls at odd hours, repetitious teasing that an individual finds offensive, and any other behaviors calculated to annoy, embarrass, or distress are harassing behaviors, and are prohibited and subject to disciplinary action.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates federal and state laws and university policy. Tufts University, its agents, supervisory employees, employees, and students shall be held liable for their acts of sexual harassment and are subject to appropriate university disciplinary action and personal legal liability. Sexual harassment is prohibited at Tufts University.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature or conduct directed at a person because of his or her gender when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term and condition of an individual’s academic status or employment; or
  • Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic decisions or employment decisions; or
  • Such conduct, whether verbal or physical, has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual’s academic or work performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment in which to work or to learn.

Equal Opportunity

Tufts University is committed to the fundamental principal of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee and student. It is the policy of the University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or status as a veteran.

Tufts University, therefore, has maintained an Affirmative Action Program wherein all managers and officials of the University directly bear the responsibility for making every effort to identify and alleviate underutilization of minorities, women, the disabled, disabled veterans, and covered veterans so that they receive fair and equal treatment in all University programs.

Tufts University seeks to maintain an internal system of audit and reporting that shall assist in the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the Affirmative Action Programs to assure the effectiveness of the plan. Specifically, this system shall facilitate the identification and removal of inequities and deficiencies in its employment and those policies and practices that could preclude the fair and equal treatment of minorities, women, the disabled, disabled veterans, and veterans of the Vietnam era.

The Affirmative Action Program of Tufts University provides for the prompt and impartial consideration of all complaints of discrimination issued by its faculty, staff, and students. Procedures for consideration of complaints and grievances are established and circulated throughout the University. Tufts University has an Office of Equal Opportunity, which monitors its Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action efforts.

Tufts University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, and, as further demonstration of that commitment, Tufts requires that all contractors or prospective contractors or unions submit a statement in writing of their Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action commitment; and that all solicitations or advertisements placed by or on behalf of Tufts shall indicate its (Tufts') policy of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action.

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