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Harassment is abusive or hostile conduct which is directed toward or inflicted upon another person because of his or her race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status and which, because of its severity or pervasiveness, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates a hostile or abusive work or learning environment for that individual’s work, education, or participation in a University activity.
Harassment is typically based on stereotyped prejudices and includes, but is not limited to, slurs, jokes, objectionable epithets, or other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct that demeans, insults, or intimidates an individual because of his or her race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.
Harassment that is defined as not being of a sexual nature includes the following:
Yes. You should report any suspected harassment that you believe in good faith has occurred or will occur.
Yes. It is a violation of the University’s harassment policy and the Student Code of Conduct for any UA employee or student to retaliate against any individual who makes a good faith report of harassment. Any University employee who retaliates against an individual who has made a good faith report of harassment will be subject to disciplinary sanctions, up to and including termination. For more information regarding the University Retaliation policy, see http://eop.ua.edu/harassment.html.
Yes, you can report harassment anonymously. However, anonymous reports are investigated based on the extent of the information provided and may complicate the University’s ability to take appropriate action to end the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and remediate its effects.
On-campus counseling and support are available from the following sources:
The Student Health Center and Pharmacy provides medical services for students including a Walk-In Clinic, Women’s Health Services, Laboratory and X-ray, and the University Medical Center Psychiatry Clinic. Individuals who have experienced sexual assault and intimate partner violence are encouraged to seek treatment at DCH Regional Medical Center.
The Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC) provides a full range of services to all students, faculty and staff who are victims of dating/domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, stalking or childhood abuse. These services include but are not limited to counseling and advocacy (hospital accompaniment, location of safe housing, academic intervention, emergency intake for crisis intervention, help understanding and exploring legal and judicial options, information referrals, and assistance with crime victims’ compensation applications.)
The Counseling Center provides counseling and psychological services to University students for a small fee.
The Employee Assistance Program is a free and confidential employee assistance and counseling program designed to provide University employees and their family members with resources for resolving work-related and personal problems.
The University of Alabama strongly encourages individuals who are victims of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking to report those incidents to the University of Alabama Police Department by calling 205-348-5454. UAPD can provide safety planning for victims (including location of safe housing) and filing of criminal reports. Reporting an incident does not require the complainant to take legal action, but might assist UAPD in efforts to stop the criminal. For more safety tips, please see the University of Alabama Police Department Safer Living Guidehttp://police.ua.edu/slg.html.
The Title IX Office can provide assistance to complainants and respondents with regard to academic intervention, housing support, employment support, transportation assistance, safety planning (including no contact orders), and referrals to counseling. The Title IX Office can be reached at 205-348-5496.
The University of Alabama School of Law Domestic Violence Law Clinic provides free and comprehensive legal assistance on civil matters to victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault in Tuscaloosa County, AL. There are no income restrictions on qualifying for services from the clinic. The Domestic Violence Law Clinic provides services including representation of the victim in obtaining a protection from abuse order and legal assistance for matters relating to divorce, alimony, child custody, child support, employment issues, debt issues, housing, property recovery, and public benefits. The Clinic may be reached at 205-348-7921.
The Safe Zone Program provides a visible network of volunteers for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQA+) and other individuals seeking information and assistance regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, harassment, and/or discrimination.
http://safezone.ua.edu/; 205-348-7297; firstname.lastname@example.org