Sexual Harassment Policy


The University of Pittsburgh is committed to the maintenance of a community free from all forms of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment violates University policy as well as federal, state and local laws. It is neither permitted nor condoned. The coverage of this policy extends to all faculty, researchers, staff, students, vendors, contractors and visitors to the University.

The University's educational mission is promoted by professional relationships between faculty members and students. Relationships of an intimate nature compromise the integrity of a faculty-student relationship whenever the faculty member has a professional responsibility for the student.

The University prohibits intimate relationships between a faculty member and a student whose academic work, teaching, or research is being supervised or evaluated by the faculty member. If an intimate relationship should exist or develop between a faculty member and a student, the University requires the faculty member to remove himself/herself from all supervisory, evaluative, and/or formal advisory roles with respect to the student. Failure to do so may subject the faculty member to disciplinary action.

Complaint Procedure

Any student who believes he or she has been sexually harassed should contact the Associate Dean of Students, the Office of Affirmative Action, the Office of the Provost, the Coordinator of the University Student Judicial System, or the person(s) listed below. The complaint will either be handled by the person/office receiving the complaint or referred to the Office of Affirmative Action.

Any individual who after a thorough investigation is found to have violated the University's policy against sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, reprimand, suspension, termination or expulsion. The disciplinary action taken will depend upon the severity of the offense.

It is also a violation of the University of Pittsburgh's policy against sexual harassment for any employee or student at the University of Pittsburgh to attempt in any way to retaliate against a person who makes a claim of sexual harassment.

A complete copy of these procedures and guidelines is available in the Office of the Associate Dean of Students, the Office of Affirmative Action and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law website

For Additional Information

Kevin Deasy
Associate Dean of Students
315 School of Law
(412) 648-5642

Office of Affirmative Action
Diversity, and Inclusion

412 Bellefield Hall
(412) 648-7860

University Student Judicial System
738 William Pitt Union
(412) 648-7910

Office of the Provost
801 Cathedral of Learning
(412) 624-4222

University Counseling Center
334 William Pitt Union
(412) 648-7930

Sexual Assault Services
334 William Pitt Union
(412) 648-7930