Princeton University is committed to creating and maintaining an educational, working, and living environment that is free from discrimination and harassment and allows every member to thrive. Princeton’s Policy on Discrimination and/or Harassment is guided by federal and state law and protects members of the University community from discrimination and harassment on the basis of protected characteristics including those covered by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. All members of the University are encouraged to report all acts of bias, discrimination and harassment so that the University can take appropriate action to help improve the campus climate. To learn more about reporting bias, discrimination and harassment generally, visit our FAQs on Discrimination and/or Harassment.
Bias is a broad category of behaviors including discrimination, harassment, and other actions which demean or intimidate individuals or groups because of personal characteristics or beliefs or their expression. Some forms of bias, including discrimination and harassment, including harassment by electronic means, are prohibited under law and/or University policy.
- If you are the target of online or electronic harassment, follow the guidance on Electronic and Online Attacks and Harassment.
- Bias-related incidents involving offensive speech or expression are challenging because the University maintains a Statement on Freedom of Expression. You can learn more about the intersections of free expression and inclusivity by reviewing our frequently asked questions.
Step by step process on how to get help
When you feel that you have been subjected to bias, discrimination and/or harassment or have observed such behavior directed at others, you have many options, including consulting with a Confidential Resource or a non-confidential resource, or formally reporting what happened.
There are several options to submit a report or complaint of bias, discrimination and/or harassment to the University.
Knowing what happens after filing a report or complaint of bias, discrimination and/or harassment can help inform your decision-making in terms of whether to respond to what happened informally on your own or to make a formal complaint to the University.