Frequently Asked Question
WHERE CAN I FIND WSU’S DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT POLICY (“THE POLICY”)?
The Policy and Procedures 3-32 can be found at: http://www.weber.edu/ppm/Policies/3-32_DiscriminationHarassment.html
WHAT DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS ARE PROTECTED AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT UNDER THE POLICY?
Race, color, national origin, pregnancy, genetics, age (over 40), disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran, active military status, and other classifications protected by law.
ARE STUDENTS, EMPLOYEES AND VISITORS TO THE CAMPUS WHO ARE NOT EMPLOYEES OR STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY ALL PROTECTED AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT?
All members of the University community are covered by the policy, including applicants for employment, or students applying for admission, former students and employees as well as other visitors to the University campus.
HOW CAN I REPORT A VIOLATION OF THE POLICY?
Reports of violations of the policy can be made to:
Executive Director Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Miller Administration Building, Room 101
3850 Dixon Parkway
Ogden, Utah 84408-1022
801 626 6240
IF I GO TO THE AA/EO OFFICE CAN I BRING SOMEONE WITH ME FOR SUPPORT?
You are welcome to bring a support person with you. The Women’s Center has a Victim’s Advocate who can accompany you for support:
801 626 6090
HOW SOON DO I HAVE TO FILE A DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT?
It is best to bring a complaint as quickly as possible, but Weber State University's policy allows discrimination complaints to be filed up to six months after the most recent discriminatory act. You may be able to file a complaint even after six months, if there was a good reason the complaint was not filed earlier.
HOW CAN I ANONYMOUSLY REPORT A VIOLATION OF THE POLICY?
EthicsPoint is a simple, risk-free way to anonymously and confidentially report activities that may involve unethical, criminal or otherwise inappropriate activity or behavior in violation of WSU policies.
HOW CAN I CONFIDENTIALLY REPORT A VIOLATION OF THE POLICY?
Confidential Resources include:
- Weber State University Counseling and Psychological Services Center 801-626-6406
- Your Community Connection (YCC) of Ogden 801-392-7273 24-hour crisis line
- Safe Harbor of Davis County 801-444-9161 24-hour crisis line
- Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault 1-888-421-1100 24-hour crisis line
CAN A COMPLAINT BE RESOLVED INFORMALLY, IF I PREFER?
If you want to try to resolve a concern without or before a formal investigation, informal approaches are available that include mediation.
IF I FILE A FORMAL COMPLAINT WILL THERE BE AN INVESTIGATION?
Formal complaints will be investigated by the Executive Director, or his or her designee.
ARE ANY PROTECTIONS FOR ME AVAILABLE WHILE MY COMPLAINT IS BEING HANDLED?
Yes, there are interim measures that can be taken to protect you, including, but not limited to:
- No-contact directives,
- No trespass notices,
- Temporarily reassigning housing,
- Changing class assignments or schedules,
- Placing the parties on temporary,
- Non-disciplinary leave with pay, or
- Receiving temporary reassignments.
IF THERE IS AN INVESTIGATION, WILL I GET TO SEE THE INVESTIGATION REPORT?
You will not only have the opportunity to see the report, you will be given an opportunity to add any additional evidence or remarks before it is submitted to the appropriate vice president for their consideration.
IF I DON’T LIKE THE VICE PRESIDENT’S DECISION, CAN I APPEAL IT?
Yes, there is an appeal process depending on whether you are a student or an employee.
HOW CAN I REPORT CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OUTSIDE OF THE UNIVERSITY?
Most civil rights are protected by state and federal laws with agencies to investigate those rights. The civil rights laws and the agencies that enforce them can be found at: http://www.weber.edu/aaeo/Civil_Rights_Laws_and_External_Agencies.html
WHAT IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT?
Sexual harassment is a type of discriminatory harassment involving unwelcome conduct directed against persons based on their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. It can include, but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or nonverbal conduct of a sexual nature (which can include rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking).
DO ALL FORMS OF “HARASSMENT” VIOLATE THE POLICY?
The policy prohibits discriminatory harassment, which is unwelcome conduct directed against a person based on one or more of that person’s “protected classifications.”
WHICH EMPLOYEES ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT VIOLATIONS OF THE POLICY?
Employees who exercise supervisory or evaluative authority over other employees or students are required to report known or suspected violations of the policy. This includes, but is not limited to executives, faculty members, directors, supervisors, managers, coordinators, leads, coaching personnel, advisors, and specialists with supervisory or evaluative authority over others.
WHAT IF I WANT TO TRY TO WORK MY CONCERN OUT WITH THE PERSON WHO IS CAUSING ME THE PROBLEM?
If you want to try that you are encouraged to do so. Here are some suggestions, if you do:
- Keep a complete record or diary.
- Record each action you took, when and where you did it, and any witnesses who were present.
- Also record the response of the other person. Did she or he apologize? Did he or she agree not to engage in the objectionable behavior in the future?
- If you write the person a letter, be sure to save a copy and note the date you sent it, or send it certified mail.
ARE THERE ANY PROTECTIONS IF I USE THE GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES IN THE POLICY?
There are very strong protections against any retaliation. You cannot be punished for raising a civil rights issue. Witnesses or others who participate in a complaint are also protected. This protection does not include knowingly providing false statements.