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Harassment

The Center for Women and Gender is one of the identified places to come to discuss harassment experiences. This is available to all members of the RIT community (faculty, staff, and students). These conversations are confidential and no formal report will result. Each incident is discussed confidentially and options are reviewed for the individual to consider. Faculty and staff members should meet with the Director of the Center for Women and Gender.

Students may meet with a staff member by appointment or walk-in.

Harassment is a word that is generally used to describe behaviors directed at one individual by another with the effect of causing discomfort, annoyance and/or offense to the recipient. It can be intentional or unintentional.

RIT defines harassment as conduct, communication, or physical contact which is unwelcome and has the purpose or effect of:

  • unreasonably interfering with an employee's or student's work, academic activities, or residential life at RIT, or participation in RIT sponsored programs or events, or
  • creating an intimidating, hostile or abusive environment for an employee or student at RIT or in RIT sponsored programs or events.

The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.

The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.

Harassment is not acceptable and there is something you can do if it happens to you. Whether you are dealing with verbal, psychological, sexual, and racial or any other type of harassment, help is available for you.

Please reach out to The Center for Women and Gender or our after-hours service called CARES for assistance at 585-295-3533. You may also use our on-line reporting system at www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/womenandgender.

Please visit the following websites to learn more about harassment:
Criminal Justice Intervention
Federal Communications Commission
Psychological Harassment Information Association
Sexual Harassment Support