What is Discriminatory Harassment?

Discriminatory harassment, as defined by Notre Dame in du Lac: A Guide to Student Life, includes offensive, unwelcome conduct or language that is based on an individual’s race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information, and that would create an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or demeaning environment for a reasonable person and that actually creates such an environment for that individual.

Discriminatory harassment may include the following types of misconduct, when such misconduct concerns one or more of the protected characteristics listed above:

  • Verbal abuse, slurs, derogatory comments or insults about, directed at or made in the presence of an individual or group;
  • Display or circulation of written materials or pictures that are offensive or degrading;
  • Damage to, trespass on or unauthorized use of property, such as spraying or scratching of a motor vehicle, damage or theft of property;
  • Physical contact, or threatening language or behavior; or,
  • Other conduct that interferes with an individual’s performance; limits participation in University activities; or otherwise creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive University environment.

Getting Help

To seek confidential support, please contact the University Counseling Center or vowed religious staff in Campus Ministry

Additional support is provided for students by various campus departments, including:

Reporting Options

Report an incident to the University by using the Speak Up online report form. Please know that the information you submit will be forwarded to the Office of Community Standards for review during University business hours (Monday-Friday, 8AM – 5PM).