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VIII. Equal Opportunity

Equal opportunity is a fundamental principle governing all University activities for faculty, students, and staff. The Johns Hopkins University welcomes and encourages qualified individuals to enter and progress within all University programs and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance, and merit, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or any other legally impermissible criteria.

A. Affirmative Action

The University maintains affirmative action programs as required by law and as a commitment to the effective use of available human resources.

B. University Policy on Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment will not be tolerated. Sexual favors may not be required either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of an individual's academic progress or employment. Sexual conduct or conduct with sexual overtones which has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic or work performance or which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning or working environment is prohibited. The University will promptly investigate complaints of sexual harassment and, when necessary, will institute disciplinary proceedings against the offending individual. Complaints about sexual harassment or questions about University policy can be brought to Department Directors, the Dean, or the University's affirmative action officer. All problems of this nature will be treated confidentially.