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Anti-Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policies

The Office of Anti-discrimination Policy and Compliance is responsible for enforcing Duquesne's anti-discrimination and sexual misconduct policies by:

  • Ensuring compliance with Federal and State laws and University policies governing student and employee behavior.
  • Responding to specific discrimination and misconduct complaints of students, faculty, administrators and staff.
  • Mediating situations involving discrimination and harassment.

If you feel you have been discriminated against or experienced sexual misconduct, please contact the Director of Anti-discrimination Policy and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator Sean Weaver at weavers2@duq.edu or 412.396.2560.


TAP No. 30 - Affirmative Action, Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity, and Human Relations in the Workplace and Classroom

Complaints and Concerns

The office works with faculty, administrators, staff and students to resolve concerns and offer options and institutional process to any individuals or groups believing they have experienced discrimination.

Report an incident

Consultation and Guidance

The office provides consultation, guidance and support to the University community regarding equal opportunity and nondiscrimination.

Training and Education

The office offers training and education in conjunction with other University offices to work to ensure campus understanding of laws regarding discrimination and equal opportunity.

Current Duquesne students, staff and faculty can learn more about anti-discrimination in DORI.

Sexual Misconduct

TAP No. 31 - University Policy on Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct

Quick Reference Defining Sexual Misconduct

  • Making implied or overt threats unless sexual favors are granted
  • Making suggestive or insulting sounds
  • Making jokes, teasing or spreading rumors
  • Commenting on sexual orientation
  • Remarking about clothing, body, sexual activities, etc.
  • Leaving messages in graffiti, in emails, by telephone
  • Using foul or hostile language
  • Leering or ogling an individual
  • Making obscene gestures toward an individual
  • Posting pornographic images in view of an individual
  • Touching an individual inappropriately - patting, pinching, etc.
  • Brushing against an individual's body
  • Kissing or hugging an individual when the individual does not want to be kissed or hugged
  • Cornering an individual
  • Raping or attempting to rape an individual

What to Do if You Experience Sexual Misconduct

Confront the Aggressor

Tell him/her to stop because the behavior is offensive. Depending on the offensive behavior, say things like:

  • "That is offensive. Please stop."
  • "Staring at me makes me uncomfortable. Please don't do it again."
  • "Please call me by my name, not "Babe.'"

Most people will stop inappropriate behavior when it's called to their attention, so act swiftly.

Keep Accurate Records of the Incidents

What happened? Where? When?
Who witnessed the incident?

Seek Support

Talk to a friend, relative, counselor, pastor.
Contact the Director of Anti-discrimination Policy and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator Sean Weaver at weavers2@duq.edu or 412.396.2560.

Current Duquesne students, staff and faculty can learn more about sexual harassment in DORI.

Related Resources
  • October is Domestic Violance Awareness Month: Get involved!

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Clery Report

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is completed by the Department of Public Safety to be in compliance with the Pennsylvania College & University Security Information Act (May 26, 1988, P.L. 448, No. 73; and PA Leos. Serv. Act 1994-87) and with the U.S. Student Right to Know & Campus Security Act (Public Law 101-542). It is mandated that certain data be published on an annual basis by each institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, relating to the number and per-capita rate of certain types of crimes reported to have occurred at the institution, and the security measures that are in place to reduce the risk of criminal victimization for members of the community. In compliance with these requirements, Duquesne University is pleased to present the information to all students, employees and applicants to the University.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) requires we show crime statistics by specific geographic categories at each of our campuses.

For any Clery-related inquiries, please contact Michael Sippey in the Department of Public Safety. 



Call 412.396.2677 (COPS), x2677 on campus

For off-campus emergencies, call 911

University Resources

University Counseling and Wellbeing Center
*An on-call counselor is available 24/7 at

Health Service

Campus Ministry

Residence Life


Public Safety

Title IX Coordinator

Community Resources

These agencies offer 24-hour hotlines, crisis intervention, individual support and group counseling and/or legal advocacy.

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) 24 hour hotline

Center for Victims of Violence and Crime (CVVC) 24 hour helpline

Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) National Sexual Assault Hotline

Other Resources

Campus Safety Escort Service

Campus Code Blue Phones

SGA Weekend Loop Bus

Yellow Cab Service

Ethics violations are not handled by the Office of Anti-Discrimination Policy and Compliance. Report your concerns to the Ethics Reporting Hotline.