Members of the University community
who are involved in incidents of racial or ethnic harassment may
experience various degrees of emotional distress. Confidential Counselors
are trained to deal with these matters and are available on campus
to help persons address the complex reactions and feelings resulting
from an encounter with racial or ethnic harassment. Concerns about
racial or ethnic harassment will be treated with the maximum possible
degree of confidentiality. Confidential Counselors are listed on the resources page.
Harassment Advisers have been
specially trained to assist individuals who have concerns or questions
about campus incidents of racial or ethnic harassment. Knowledgeable
about University policy and procedures, these advisers are trained
to handle the particular issues of race and ethnicity, and they understand
and appreciate the challenge of living, studying, and working in
a multicultural environment. Consequently, they are able to provide
support for persons who are potential complainants or respondents
in incidents of racial or ethnic harassment. Harassment Advisers
are listed on the resources page.
certain circumstances, conversations with Harassment Advisers may
be disclosed to University officials responsible for addressing incidents
of harassment. For example, an informal resolution may be inappropriate
due to the seriousness of the allegation, for example, physical harm.
In such cases, the University reserves the right to pursue further
Conversations with the Ombuds Officer, Harassment
Advisers, and Confidential Counselors have different levels of confidentiality.
Level 1, The Most Confidential Communication: Conversations
with the Ombuds Officer and Confidential Counselors afford complainants and respondents
the highest level of confidentiality. Conversations with the Ombuds Officer and
Confidential Counselors are not disclosed to anyone (unless there is a threat
of physical harm to that individual or others) without the expressed or written
permission of the person seeking advice.
Members of the University community who only wish
to talk about their experience and who are gathering information about the University
system for responding to incidents of racial or ethnic harassment, should first
seek the advice of the Ombuds Officer or a Confidential Counselor to ensure that
those conversations receive the maximum degree of protection from disclosure.
The Ombuds Officer and the Confidential Counselors are listed on the resources page.
Level 2, Private Communication:
The Harassment Advisers afford complainants and respondents private but less
While the Harassment Advisers are able to answer questions, provide guidance,
discuss options, mediate disputes, and, when necessary, refer persons to other
appropriate resources, the communication is less protected. For example, under
certain circumstances, communications with the Harassment Advisers may be disclosed
to University officials who are responsible for addressing incidents of harassment.
It may be determined that the allegations constitute such a serious threat to
the well-being of the community that an informal resolution is inappropriate.
In such cases, the University reserves the right to pursue further action. Examples
of such allegations include indications that the complainant or respondent has
been or may be harmed, acts that involve serious bodily harm to other individuals
or groups, or acts of destruction of private or University property. The Harassment
Advisers are listed on the resources page.
As a member of the Princeton University community,
you have a right to live, work, and study in an environment free of racial and
ethnic harassment. If you believe that you are or may be being harassed because
of your racial or ethnic heritage, the University encourages you to use the resources
available to you to get the kind of help, guidance, and support that you seek.