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Harassment Prevention And Reporting Resources

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Lehigh’s Commitment

 At Lehigh University, the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are of paramount concern. Lehigh’s policy on harassment states that:

Lehigh University strives to provide an educational, working, co-curricular, social, or living environment for all students, staff, faculty, trustees, contract workers, and guests that is free from harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Such harassment is unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated.

View the complete text of the Policy on Harassment (PDF)

To ensure that everyone has a shared understanding of what harassment is and how to prevent it, Lehigh offers the in-person training program The Plus Of Us to new employees. In addition, all faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to complete a convenient online training program: Preventing Harassment In The Workplace And On Campus.

Similarly, Lehigh’s core value of integrity implies that we hold employees to a high standard in all of their actions on behalf of the university, including financial and ethical matters.Every individual on campus has a shared responsibility for contributing to a culture of respect and upholding the high ethics of the institution. An important part of that responsibility is reporting incidences of unacceptable behavior.

Who To Contact

Lehigh’s community includes students, faculty, staff, and supervisors. And, there are differing types and levels of severity when it comes to unacceptable behavior. So, not surprisingly, there are a number of staff and faculty members – and a variety of offices – that are charged with responding to reports of harassment and other conflicts.
Below is a breakdown of who to contact depending on the type of concern.

If you….

  • Are unsure of the appropriateness of an individual’s behavior or want an objective opinion
  • Want to discuss a situation confidentially with someone knowledgeable about Lehigh’s Policy on Harassment
  • Want to learn what resources are available to you regarding a possible harassment situation.
  • Want to know what your alternatives are for resolving a potential harassment
  • Are concerned about a hostile work, learning, co-curricular, social, or living environment and fear retaliation
  • Intend to file a formal harassment complaint, and want guidance about the process.

You should contact…


    • Faculty and staff members in the network are trained to assist colleagues in determining the best course of action, whether that is an informal resolution or referral to the formal process.   

If you…


  • Are unsure of a Lehigh University policy (other than harassment) or you believe a policy, procedure, or regulation has been applied unfairly
  • Want to discuss a situation confidentially with someone knowledgeable about Lehigh and its policies to decide whether you should take action and, if so, what to do
  • Want to learn what resources are available to you
  • Are concerned about unfair treatment in the university environment or fear retaliation
  • Need a neutral, independent, confidential and informal conflict resolution resource.

You should contact …

  • The Ombuds Office.

    • Lehigh’s Ombudspersons are: Barbara Traister, (610-758-3330 or bht0@lehigh.edu) and Robert Thornton (610-758-3460 or rjt1@lehigh.edu)
    • Visit the Ombuds Office website for more detailed information about topics you might want to discuss with them.   

If you…


  • Have ethical concerns or have witnessed or have evidence of fraud, conflicts of interest, or noncompliance with governmental or university requirements
  • Wish to remain anonymous and/or keep concerns confidential*

You should contact…


The Ethics Hotline: 610-758-2500*

*Information provided is kept confidential unless there are serious circumstances such as fraud or there are legal requirements that do not permit a guarantee of confidentiality. Individuals can also utilize campus mail or email to express concerns to the Internal Audit Office.


If you…


Still aren’t sure who to contact after reading this article…


You should contact…

Human Resources. HR staff members Linda Parks and Judy Zavalydriga in particular are ready to assist you in choosing the best course of action based on your individual situation.

For further information on this topic visit the Harassment Information and Resources page on Lehigh’s website.

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