Respecting Diversity

As a holistic learning community, Elon University values diverse backgrounds and ideas from the United States and abroad as we seek to foster a pluralistic community based on shared experiences, the exchange of diverse perspectives, and learning about those different from ourselves. Respecting diversity at Elon means including and appreciating all individuals and groups to improve the learning experience for the betterment of the campus community.

Elon University will not support or condone behaviors that violate the integrity of any individual or group on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran‘s status or any other legally protected characteristic. While the university respects the right of its community to exercise free speech, behaviors will not be tolerated that may be considered harassment, destruction of property or acts of violence. Harassment on the basis of any protected characteristic in any form—verbal, physical, or visual is strictly prohibited.

Examples of prohibited conduct include but are not limited to:
• Offensive language, remarks, pictures, calendars, etc.
• Inappropriate jokes
• Verbal abuse
• Unwanted physical contact

This policy applies to all students, employees, interns, contractors, vendors, and others in the university environment, and applies to students‘ behavior on and off campus. The University also prohibits retaliation against anyone because that person makes a good faith complaint, assists in an investigation, or otherwise exercises any rights protected by law or under this policy.

Communication of a threat or harm should be directed to police immediately by calling 911. Incidents of harassment or discrimination may be reported to Campus Safety and Police; the Office of Student Conduct, Moseley 211; the Office of the Vice President for Student Life, Alamance 109; the Office of Violence Prevention, Moseley 233-D or  the Office of Student Development, Moseley 206.