Discrimination is defined by Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary as "the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people."

Harassment is defined by Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary as "to annoy or bother (someone) in a constant or repeated way; to make repeated attacks."

Any CNU student / employee who believes that he / she has been unlawfully discriminated against or harassed may file a complaint with Michelle Moody, the Director of Equal Opportunity.  It has been made very clear to all employees at the University that any matters of this kind are to be directed to Ms. Moody immediately.  Any delay in reporting alleged incidents makes it more difficult to establish the facts of a case and may contribute to the repetition of the alleged offensive behavior.

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The Board of Visitors has a substantial and compelling responsibility to prohibit conduct by members of the University community which adversely affects the learning process, the unique academic working environment, or the University's academic image and reputation. Sexual harassment by any member of the campus community subverts the educational mission of the University and endangers the educational experiences, the careers, and the mental, physical, and / or financial well being of faculty, students, and staff. The Board of Visitors expects the highest standards of personal behavior from its faculty, staff and students.

Prohibited Acts

The Board of Visitors defines sexual harassment as being any unwelcome sexual advance, unwelcome request for sexual favors, or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that meets one or more of the following three conditions:  

  • Such conduct requires submission / acceptance explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of an individual's employment or educational pursuit.
  • Agreement to submit / accept or the rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual.
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially and unreasonably interfering with any individual's performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment for any individual.

Sexual harassment by any member of the University community is a violation of both law and University policy and will not be tolerated.

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It is the policy of the Commonwealth to provide its employees with a workplace free from harassment and / or retaliation against employees who either complain of harassment or aide in the investigation of such a complaint.

The purpose of this policy is to educate employees in the recognition and prevention of illegal workplace harassment and to provide an effective means of eliminating such harassment from the workplace.

Prohibited Conduct

The Commonwealth strictly forbids harassment of any employee, applicant for employment, vendor, contractor or volunteer on the basis of an individual’s race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation or disability.

The Commonwealth will not tolerate any form of retaliation directed against an employee or third party who either complains about harassment or who participates in any investigation concerning harassment.

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