Retaliation against an individual who in good faith complains of alleged discrimination or sexual harassment or provides information in an investigation about behavior that may violate this policy is prohibited and may be grounds for discipline. Retaliation in violation of this policy may result in discipline up to and including termination and/or expulsion. Any employee or student bringing a discrimination or sexual harassment complaint in good faith or assisting in the investigation of such a complaint will not be adversely affected in terms and conditions of employment and/or academic standing, nor discriminated against, terminated, or expelled because of the complaint.

“Retaliation” may include, but is not limited to such conduct or adverse actions as:

  • Adverse action taken to keep someone from opposing a discriminatory practice, or from participating in an discrimination proceeding;
  • Employment actions such as termination, refusal to hire, and denial of promotion;
  • Threats, unjustified negative evaluations, unjustified negative references, or increased surveillance;
  • Action such as an assault or unfounded civil or criminal charges that are likely to deter reasonable people from pursuing their rights; or
  • An unfair or unjustified grade.

Note that petty slights and annoyances, such as stray negative comments in an otherwise positive or neutral evaluation, snubbing a colleague, or negative comments that are justified by an employee’s or student’s poor work/academic performance or history are not considered adverse actions.