Discrimination and harassment

What to Do in Case of Harassment or Discrimination

If you are being harassed and/or discriminated against by a member of the Georgetown community (faculty, staff, students), you should contact Georgetowns’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA, http://ideaa.georgetown.edu/, ideaa@georgetown.edu, 202-687-4798, M-36 Darnall Hall, 8:30am-5:00pm)

The mission of the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action is to promote a deep understanding and appreciation among the diverse members of the University community to result in justice and equality in educational, employment and contracting opportunities, as well as to lead efforts to create an inclusive academic and work environment. The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action supports the University’s mission.

The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action at Georgetown University offers the following services (click here for a PDF brochure):

  • Accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Guidelines for Service and Assistance Animals
  • Counseling
  • Diversity
  • Educational Programming
  • Faculty Hiring and Outreach
  • Mediation

Special note on sexual misconduct (assault/harassment)

  • Individuals who believe that they have been subject to sexual misconduct may choose (a) to report the incident to the University so that action can be taken by the University, including under the University’s disciplinary procedures; (b) to report the incident to the police; and/or (c) to not report the incident.  Reports may be made regardless of when the incidents occurred.  
  • Students or employees who are unsure about whether they want to report may contact a confidential counselor.  Going to a confidential counselor does not foreclose the opportunity to make a report to the University or file a formal complaint at a later time. Confidential counselors can also help students and employees understand what reporting options are available and assist with the process if they choose to file a formal complaint. *Please note that if you speak with someone who is NOT on the confidential counselor list, they are REQUIRED to report the incident.
  • When reports are made to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, the University has the obligation to review all reports and respond appropriately.  

All Graduate School students are expected to know and abide by the university regulations and procedures as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.

  • A Graduate Adjudication Board is constituted on a standing basis to hear evidence presented in the manner of infringement of non-academic university regulations by Graduate School of Arts & Sciences students. The Board consists of three graduate students and two faculty members. The process of adjudication is under the supervision and jurisdiction of the vice president for student affairs as part of the university’s non-academic student disciplinary system.
  • Non-academic disciplinary records of students shall be maintained by the university’s Office of Student Affairs until the graduation of the student from the university, at which time they will be destroyed. An exception will be made to this policy, however, in those instances when a student has been suspended or dismissed from the university for disciplinary reasons.
  • Suspension will be noted on the academic transcript as “Disciplinary Suspension”. Dismissal will be noted on the academic transcript as “Disciplinary Dismissal”. In cases of suspension or dismissal, a permanent record will be kept in the Office of Student Affairs and in the academic record. Documents concerning the sanction will be maintained to substantiate the notation. Inquiries about a student’s disciplinary records will be honored only with the student’s signature of waiver.

All Faculty are expected to know and abide by the university policies outline in the Faculty Handbook.

  • If you feel that a faculty member is not abiding by the policies/expectations in the handbook, please contact the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Mark Rom (romm@georgetown.edu).

For all situations above, you are welcome to reach out to the following staff members for advice and support. With the exception of situations involving sexual misconduct, your conversations can remain confidential: