5.12 Respectful Workplace and Anti-Harassment Policies

The University is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and respectful environment in which all officers, employees, students, and visitors are treated with dignity and respect, in accordance with the Respectful Workplace Policy. The Respectful Workplace Policy is a core value of the University and the University will not tolerate disrespectful communication, discrimination, harassment, or bullying, in any form.

5.12.1.1 The University takes all harassment claims seriously and handles them in confidence. For allegations relating to violations of Respectful Workplace and Anti-Harassment policies, the University has a process for students. When a violation of the Respectful Workplace policy or an act of harassment is reported, the University takes remedial measures and appropriate corrective actions.

5.12.1.2 If a student experiences or witnesses a violation of the Respectful Workplace Policy, or sexual, power, or other harassment, the student should consider taking action to inform the University of the situation by any of the following procedures.

5.12.1.3 To report such disputes or incidents of harassment, students should contact either the confidential external Respectful Workplace and Anti-Harassment hotline (RWAH hotline), designated contact staff in the Graduate School, or the Dean of the Graduate School (DGS).

5.12.1.4 For students who need advice and counseling, the Ganjuu Wellbeing Service is available to all OIST community members.  The Ganjuu Wellbeing Service offers consultation, advice, and intervention in relation to a range of problems including harassment and other behaviors inconsistent with the OIST Respectful Workplace Policy. 

5.12.1.5 Protection from Retaliation
The University will not tolerate retaliatory action against any student for making a good faith report of incidents of harassment based on the procedures in this chapter. Similarly, the University will not tolerate any direct or indirect use (or attempted use) of official authority or official influence for the purpose of interfering with the rights of a student making a protected disclosure.

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