University of Kansas Policy Prohibiting Racial and Ethnic Harassment
Racial and ethnic harassment is a form of illegal discrimination and is contrary to the nature and mission of our institution. It may take many forms, from outright criminal acts (e.g., assault and battery, vandalism, or destruction of property) to anonymous, malicious intimidation. Whatever its form, however, racial and ethnic harassment is motivated by fear, ignorance, or hatred of ethnic and cultural differences that are perceived as threatening to the offending party. Most frequently, this harassment is directed toward those persons with ethnic visibility including, but not limited to, Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Native Americans, and Asians or Pacific Islanders. Racial or ethnic harassment will not be tolerated in the university community.
The University of Kansas, Lawrence, is committed to preventing or stopping racial harassment whenever it may occur at the university or in its programs. Campus administrators, faculty members, and supervisors who become aware of such harassment should contact the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access to prevent continuation of the harassment.
This policy is not intended to infringe upon freedom of expression or academic freedom. The University of Kansas, Lawrence, recognizes that such freedoms are fundamental to the educational process. This policy will be administered with respect for the necessity for the free exchange of ideas in the academic community.