University at Buffalo. Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. EDI’s Responsibilities: Compliance. EDI is responsible for: Ensuring the University’s compliance with policies related to discrimination and harassment;
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EDI is responsible for:
Protected bases include:
Any unwelcome sexual advance;
request for sexual favors
Verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile or intimidating work or educational environment.
Derek is a student in Professor Smith’s class. She often praises his work and asks him to visit her during office hours. There, she tends to spend a long time talking about personal topics. She also asks Derek whether he has a girlfriend and if he would find older women attractive.
Derek becomes uncomfortable when Professor Smith invites him out for drinks. He politely declines. Professor Smith becomes distant. On Derek’s next assignment, Professor Smith assigns him a D with no explanation.
Millie attends a party and has too much to drink. She finds out the next day that her friends have posted pictures of the party on facebook. The pictures are not anything she would want to be public. In one picture, she is flashing her underwear and bra.
She asks her friends to remove the picture and they do, but not before the picture has been shared with her classmates. She discovers that some classmates she has not friended on facebook are continuing to circulate the picture.
Under Title VII and Title IX, UB is REQUIRED to:
Faculty Code of Conduct
Faculty members will not enter into non-professional relationships, particularly sexual ones, with any student for whom they have, or should reasonably expect to have in the future, academic responsibility (instructional, evaluative or supervisory). Pre-existing non-professional relationships with such students must be disclosed to the Chair or other appropriate administrator, who will make alternative arrangements for evaluation and, if possible, for instruction and supervision.
Office of Equity, Diversity and
Sexual Harassment Information Advisor in your area
The Department Chair or Dean’s Office
The University’s Online Sexual Harassment Prevention Program can be accessed through this website: