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     Princeton University strives to be an intellectual and residential community in which all members can participate fully and equally in an atmosphere free from all manifestations of bias and from all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. As an intellectual community, it attaches great value to freedom of expression and vigorous debate, but it also deplores expressions of hatred directed against any individual or group. The University seeks to promote the full inclusion of all members and groups in every aspect of University life.


Mutual respect requires special sensitivity to issues of race and ethnicity

     Expressions of racial or ethnic bias directed at individuals or groups undermine the civility and sense of community on which the well-being of the University depends. They devalue the distinct contributions of the individuals affected and impair their ability to contribute their views and talents to the community and to benefit fully from participating in it. By alienating those individuals they harm the whole community. The University calls on all its members to display the appropriate sensitivity and to challenge expressions of racial or ethnic bias whenever they encounter them. Rights, Rules, Responsibilities, p.4


The Law

     In addition to being a violation of University policy, racial harassment is a form of discrimination and is a violation of Federal, State, and local law. The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, has interpreted Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as prohibiting racial and ethnic harassment. Similarly, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission interprets Title VII as prohibiting racial and ethnic harassment. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination also prohibits discrimination based on race, ethnicity, or national origin.