Statement on Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Intimidation, and Bullying
The English Department is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of scholars and learners. That community requires an environment free from all forms of harassment, intimidation, bullying, sexual misconduct, and discrimination based on race, class, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected identities. We affirm the University of Connecticut’s policies against such behaviors. We are also, as a department, committed to creating an intellectual space that is secure and accessible for all faculty, students, administrators and staff, both in our individual behaviors and through the departmental structures that facilitate our work together.
We take seriously any allegations of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, intimidation, and bullying. If you need information about university policies, or if you have experienced any of these violations and would like to make a formal report, please visit UConn’s Office of Institutional Equity (OIE), website on Title IX, and online resources about sexual harassment. You can also find support on campus at offices such as the Mental Health center available at UConn Student Health and Wellness, The Rainbow Center, the Center for Students with Disabilities, and the Ombuds Office, which is a neutral resource that provides confidential assistance. For our unionized employees, your union is also an important resource available to you. A more complete list of University resources is contained on OIE’s website.
We realize that those who have experienced or are currently experiencing any form of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, intimidation or bullying might want to talk to someone in the department, such as our Department Head, Director of Graduate Studies, or a trusted faculty member, staff person, or advisor. We are invested in developing a culture of support and invite such conversations. In particular, please do not hesitate to contact our Department Head directly if you would like to talk further about maintaining an intellectual community that treats all its members with respect and dignity.
Finally, please be aware that all Department employees are responsible employees, which means that if they witness or receive a disclosure from a student of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking, they will immediately contact OIE for assistance. In addition, the Department Head has additional responsibilities to report disclosures of discrimination and harassment involving any employee to OIE.