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3.19 / Prohibition of Retaliation

The purpose of this policy is to clearly articulate that the University prohibits retaliatory conduct toward any individual or group participating in a complaint investigation or who has otherwise exercised their rights and privileges against illegal discrimination. Students, employees and visitors should feel comfortable coming forward to express concerns and/or to otherwise address prohibited and illegal discrimination. Retaliatory actions against any individual involved in reporting or the investigation of a complaint will not be tolerated. 

Policy Statement:

1.  It is the policy of Wichita State University to prohibit discrimination in its employment practices, educational programs or activities on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran.

2.  To achieve and maintain a welcoming and discrimination-free environment, it is necessary and appropriate that students, employees and visitors be encouraged to make complaints about perceived discriminatory behaviors known to University officials.

3.  For purposes of this policy, retaliation shall be defined as an adverse action or threat of an adverse action taken against a Complainant, Respondent, or any individual or group of individuals involved in the complaint, investigation, and/or resolution of an allegation of discrimination of any kind, including incidents of sexual misconduct, relationship violence or stalking. This shall also include any individual who attempts to intervene or prevent prohibited behavior. Retaliation can be committed by an individual or group of individuals, not just a Complainant or Respondent. Retaliation can take many forms including non-verbal behaviors, threats, intimidation, harassment, violence, adverse actions with respect to academic activities, work assignments, salary, vacation and other terms of employment including termination of employment. 

4.  Any University student, employee, visitor or group that engages in retaliatory conduct against a University student, employee or visitor who has filed a complaint alleging discrimination, participated in an investigation or otherwise exercised their rights and privileges against illegal discrimination will be subject to disciplinary actions pursuant to established University policy up to and including termination of employment or student status.

5.  This prohibition against retaliatory conduct applies regardless of the merits of the initial complaint of illegal discrimination.

6.  Any individual who becomes aware of conduct that he/she believes may constitute retaliatory action has an obligation to report that conduct regardless of whether he/she is directly involved in the conduct and regardless of whether the conduct involves students, employees or visitors.

7.  Contact information:

Student Complaints

Any complaint related to retaliation against or by a student should be reported to:

Assistant Vice President for Student Advocacy, Intervention and Accountability / Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students

170 Grace Wilkie Annex

(316) 978-6681

Employee and Visitor Complaints

Any complaint regarding retaliation against or by an employee or visitor should be reported to:

Associate Director of Human Resources / Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees and Visitors

113A Human Resources Center

(316) 978-6123

Discrimination Complaints

Complaints of retaliatory actions may also be reported to:

Director of Equal Opportunity

110A Human Resources Center

(316) 978-3186

Effective Date:

February 12, 2004

Revision Date: 
March 25, 2015
December 9, 2015

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