Nondiscrimination & Harassment Statement

The University of the Arts is committed to maintaining an environment in which students, faculty, and staff may pursue academic, artistic, and professional excellence. This environment can be secured only through mutual respect and unconstrained academic and professional interchange among faculty, staff, and students. Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, other relevant local, state, and federal laws, and the University of the Arts policy, the faculty, staff, and students of the University are entitled to participate in and obtain the benefits of University programs, activities, and employment without being discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or military status.

This policy includes the rights, policies, and procedures set forth in the University’s anti-harassment policy, set forth in Section 3.14 of the Faculty Handbook.

The University also strictly prohibits any form of retaliation or reprisal against anyone reporting allegations of harassment or discrimination, or cooperating in an investigation of such a report. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of the University’s nondiscrimination policy and shall be punishable by discipline up to and including termination, regardless of whether the charge of discrimination is substantiated. However, if an employee, student, or faculty member is found to have intentionally lied about a claim of discrimination, or brought a claim in bad faith, knowing that the allegation of discrimination is false, then that employee, student, or faculty member may be subject to discipline or expulsion.

Examples of prohibited retaliation include: threatening reprisals against the person who complained or cooperated in an investigation; unfairly changing a person’s evaluations, assignments, grades, or working conditions; or otherwise continuing any harassment or discrimination against such person.

The University of the Arts gives equal consideration to all applicants for admission and financial aid, and conducts all educational programs, activities, and employment practice in accordance with the policy as stated above.

The University will promptly and equitably respond to all reports of discrimination and harassment based on protected classifications. Complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation may be directed to the University’s Title IX Coordinator and Diversity Administrator, Lexi Morrison, at lmorrison@uarts.edu or (215) 717-6362.