The Departmenf of Anthropology at New York University is committed to maintaining an environment that encourages and fosters appropriate conduct among all persons and respect for individual values, and providing a clear and transparent complaint process when these policies are in violation. Allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual assault by or against students are governed by NYU’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedures for Students. Allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual assault against NYU employees (including students acting in their capacity as NYU employees) are governed by NYU’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedures for Employees. NYU students and employees are also governed by NYU’s Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Policy. The Department will do its part to aid NYU in enforcing these procedures, with the goal of providing all members of the NYU community an environment free from discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual assault.
The purpose of this statement is to provide students with general guidelines on what to do if you have been the victim of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual assault; are witness to such action; or are told about such action by a NYU student. We seek to provide guidance on channels of communication so that all matters can be handled by the appropriate authorities. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the policies noted above. Individual cases may call for a unique course of action. In general, the Department suggests the following best practices for reporting:
●Students may contact the Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies directly to report any issues. Students should feel empowered to come to the Chair or Director of Graduate Studies regarding any matter they feel infringes on their right to a workplace free of discrimination or harassment. The Chair or Director of Graduate Studies will discuss with the student the next steps, including, when appropriate, involving others.
●The Chair and Director of Graduate Studies are committed to providing an environment where complaints can be made without fear of retaliation. Where applicable, confidentiality will be maintained. As supervisory personnel, the Chair and Director of Graduate Studies have a responsibility to report claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual assault to the Office of Equal Opportunity, which will maintain the confidentiality of the complainant. As such, while the Chair and Director of Graduate Studies cannot always provide confidentiality, they will guarantee privacy.
● Students who act in a supervisory role (for example, as adjunct Instructors) should familiarize themselves with policies regarding their role as mandatory reporters. For a helpful guide, see Resource Guide: Sexual Misconduct, FAQS.
●In compliance with NYU policy, students have the right to take any complaints directly to the Executive Director of Equal Opportunity (212-998-6807 or firstname.lastname@example.org).