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University community members are prohibited from retaliating (taking an adverse action) against an individual because of the individual’s good faith participation in:
- reporting or otherwise expressing opposition to, suspected or alleged misconduct;
- participating in any process designed to review or investigate suspected or alleged misconduct; or
- accessing the Office for Conflict Resolution (OCR) services.
A causal relationship between the good faith participation in one of these activities and an adverse action is needed to demonstrate that retaliation has occurred.
Reporting Retaliation Concerns
Individuals who believe that retaliation is occurring or has occurred, as a result of their good faith participation in one of the above referenced activities, should follow the reporting options available to them in Administrative Policy: Reporting Suspected Misconduct. (For more detailed information on reports related to sexual misconduct, see Administrative Policy: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence.)
Reports of retaliation are reviewed, investigated and resolved in the same manner in which other concerns of misconduct are handled. Individuals who engage in retaliation may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or expulsion.
Intentionally False Reports/Information
Individuals who, knowingly or intentionally, file a false report or provide false or misleading information in connection with an investigation may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, or expulsion.
Reason for Policy
Retaliation is prohibited in the following Board of Regents Policies: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence(PDF), Code of Conduct (PDF), and Conflict Resolution Process for Employees (PDF). A reporting system and protection against retaliation promotes compliance with law and policy and fair treatment of employees. It is important that University community members feel comfortable coming forward to report potential misconduct so that the University has an opportunity to investigate an allegation of misconduct and take action where needed.