Bias, Discrimination, and/or Harassment

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. 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 targeted online or harassed by electronic means, please review this guidance for next steps.

Some bias-related incidents, especially those involving offensive speech or expression, can be particularly challenging because most forms of speech are protected under the University's Statement on Freedom of Expression and, therefore, do not constitute a violation of University policy.  For more information on how the University responds to offensive speech and expression, please review the FAQs on Free Expression and Inclusivity.

Princeton’s Policy on Discrimination and/or Harassment is guided by federal and state law. Discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital or domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation and/or other characteristics protected by law are prohibited by federal and state laws such as Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.

Step by step process on how to get help

Step 1: Who do you talk to?

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.

Step 2: What options do you have?

There are several options to submit a report or complaint of bias, discrimination and/or harassment to the University.

Step 3: What to expect next

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.


Cheri Burgess

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  • Director for Institutional Equity and Equal Employment Opportunity
Phone: 609-258-8504
Office: Office of the Provost, 204B Nassau Hall