Sexual Harassment Policy

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga recognizes that harassment in the University on the basis of sex is a violation of Section 703 of Title VII.

Sexual advances by any UTC employee (faculty or staff member) toward another employee or student which become a condition of employment or affect the academic relationship constitute an unlawful practice. Unsolicited or unwelcome physical or verbal behavior of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of creating an atmosphere of intimidation is a violation of Title VII.

In the case of such harassment, an employee or student has the right to pursue the EEO grievance procedure for redress. The Office of Equity and Inclusion should be contacted for this procedure.


UT Policy HR0280:  Sexual Harassment

Policy on Sexist Language

It is the policy at UTC to avoid the use of sexist words and terms in all official correspondence and publications. Every reasonable attempt should be made to comply with this policy and to assist in making UTC a model for real as well as perceived equal treatment in organizational communications. The following serves as a guideline for all written materials.

  • Avoid sexist words and terms. Do not avoid them, however, at the expense of correct grammar. Almost all sexist language problems—especially "he or she" constructions—can be eliminated by careful writing or rewriting.
  • When possible, use chair instead of chairman, chairwoman, chairperson, etc.
  • The use of non-academic titles (Ms., Mr., Miss, etc.) should be avoided, if possible, and replaced with Professor or Dr. For a female, if such a title is necessary, use Ms. When marital status is known and the individual in question has expressed a preference, use the appropriate designation.

See the Office of Equity and Inclusion for additional information.