Harassment and Discrimination

Discrimination: Inequitable treatment by the College of a person based on one or more of that person’s protected characteristics or statuses, excepting any treatment permitted or required by law.

Harassment: Unwelcome conduct directed against a person based on one or more of that person’s protected characteristics or statuses, which conduct is so severe or pervasive that it interferes with an individual’s employment, academic performance or participation in College programs or activities, and creates a working, learning, program or activity environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive. 

Retaliation: Reprisal, interference, restraint, penalty, discrimination, intimidation or harassment, determined in accordance with applicable legal standards.


If you feel you are the victim of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, contact Human Resources at 328-0240. 

Human Resources, working with the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP) at UVa will

  • Respond to every complaint of discriminatory harassment;
  • If investigations are conducted, act impartially considering the interests of all parties;
  • To the extent practicable, protect the privacy of all parties and the confidential nature of the complaint.

If you feel you are experiencing harassment:

  • If possible, clearly tell the harasser to stop.  make a note of what happened, what you did, and when.
  • If you don't want to confront the harasser, or if your efforts did not work, you may contact your supervisor, the department chair or head, or a faculty advisor for help.
  • You may also contact the Human Resources Office or the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP) at UVa at any time whether or not you have taken the above steps.
  • The College and University will have more options to address your complaint if you are willing to go on record with your concerns.  Your assistance is critical to help the College and University learn of and address problem behavior.
  • Remember that you may contact a state or federal office authorized to receive complaints of discrimination at any time.

If you are a supervisor and hear of a problem:

  • Be receptive and open to concerns of harassment.
  • Know and be able to explain the College and University's policy and employees' or students' options.
  • Ask and be guided by the wishes of the person experiencing the problem.
  • Take appropriate action, which may include talking to persons involved or witnesses, examining other evidence, or arranging for training.
  • Contact Human Resources or EOP for assistance or to refer matters that have not been resolved.
  • Make sure that persons who have raised concerns of discriminatory harassment in good faith are not subject to retaliation.
  • Monitor situations that have been addressed, and follow-up if necessary.
  • Document what you have done.

If you observe behavior that you believe to be harassment:

  • Help the target of the behavior take action.
  • Take action yourself-speak to the harasser, speak to the supervisor, contact Human Resources or EOP.