Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policy

Harassment will not be tolerated at Abilene Christian University.  As a Christian community, Abilene Christian University has committed itself, unequivocally, to ensuring a working and learning environment in which the dignity of every individual is respected.  Therefore it is the purpose of this policy to maintain a work and academic environment that is free of harassment, sexual or otherwise. This policy applies to all members of the ACU community, including trustees, faculty, staff, students, and volunteers at Abilene Christian University.

Harassment is defined as unwelcomed behavior or conduct based on sex, religion, race, age, color, national origin, veteran's status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, education, or participation in University programs or activities, (2) submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for a decision affecting an individual’s employment, education, or participation in University programs of activities, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for work, education, or participation in a University program or activity.

Examples of harassment may include, but are not limited to:

  • Threats or insinuations that a person's status or other condition of employment or academic status may be adversely affected because of one's sex, religion, race, age, color, national origin, veteran's status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • Unwelcome verbal expressions, derogatory comments, epithets, degrading jokes, or innuendos regarding one's gender, religion, race, age, color, national origin, veteran's status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • Posting objects, pictures, videotapes, audio recordings or literature that may embarrass or offend an individual because of one’s gender, religion, race, age, color, national origin, veteran's status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. 
  • Leering, staring, stalking.
  • Offensive posters, letters, emails, text messages, Internet images and transmissions, or voicemail messages.

View the full description of the university’s anti-harassment policy, full definition of harassment, and procedure for reporting.