Your Rights and Responsibilities

Know Your Rights

The University of Alaska Anchorage has a responsibility to provide individuals with learning and working environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

Discrimination refers to being adversely treated or affected, either intentionally or unintentionally, in a manner that unlawfully differentiates or makes distinctions on the basis of individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, marital status, changes in marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran.

Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. It includes instances when such conduct is indicated to be a term or condition of an individual's academic or employment experience, used as a basis for academic and employment performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic or employment environment.

Your Responsibility

If you feel you have been subjected to acts of discrimination or sexual harassment, please:

Respond by making your feelings known verbally

Calmly tell the person that the comments or behavior are unwelcome/unwanted and offensive. Then ask the person to stop. If needed, bring along another individual for support. If you are uncomfortable directly confronting the person...

Respond by making your feelings known in writing

Write a detailed description of the facts of what happened specifying you find the person's behavior offensive. Request the person stop the offensive behavior. Deliver your letter, memo or note to the person and be sure to keep a copy for yourself.

Use your campus contacts, department chair or supervisor

Tell them you are uncomfortable with confronting the person or that the harassment/discrimination has continued.

Knowing My Rights and Responsibilities Brochure (PDF)