Discrimination & Harassment Complaints

Definitions:  Discrimination  -  Harassment   


Procedures for addressing discrimination or harassment are somewhat different for faculty, staff, and students.  Addressing sexual harassment also follows a slightly modified procedure. 

You may contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at any time with any questions.  The OEO can provide information and guidance to students, faculty, staff, or visitors regarding any form of discrimination or harassment.

Getting started:

  • For JMU Students experiencing discrimination or harassment.
  • For JMU Staff experiencing discrimination or harassment.
  • For JMU Faculty experiencing discrimination or harassment.


Complaints against faculty and staff follow JMU Policy 1324: Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedures.  Visit the OEO's Policy 1324 page for detailed explanation of the informal and formal complaint procedures.

Complaints against students will be processed through the Office of Judicial Affairs.

Though not required, employees and students are encouraged to attempt initially to resolve complaints informally at the lowest level through the administrative structure of the employment unit or academic department; however, this is not required and complainants can go directly to the formal complaint procedures.


Regarding one-on-one attempts at resolution:

  1. If you feel comfortable dealing with the situation without the direct involvement of a third party, you can communicate directly with the person whose behavior is unwelcome.
  2. It is appropriate to use face-to-face, individual communication only when you do not feel threatened, there is no risk of physical harm and you believe the other person will be receptive.
  3. E-mail is the preferred method of communication. If you choose to communicate face-to-face, you also should send an e-mail, if possible. Keep copies of any written communication.
  4. The communication should include:
    1. A factual description of the incident(s) including date, time, place, witnesses and a description of the specific unwelcome behavior.
    2. A description of any consequences you may have suffered due to the unwelcome behavior.
    3. A request that the unwelcome behavior cease.
  5. If you do not feel comfortable with individual communication or you believe the communication was not successful, you should consider other informal complaint procedures and formal complaint procedures