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Harassment and Discrimination

How does the Brown policy define discrimination and harassment?
Brown University ’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy uses federal and state statutes to define unlawful discrimination as unfavorable treatment of a person or class of persons because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, and, under Rhode Island law, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  Unlawful harassment is a form of discrimination that may be defined as unwelcome conduct that has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile or intimidating environment where the conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the working, learning, or living conditions of a reasonable person.

For the legal definition of a hate crime, click here.

How can I help a friend who’s experienced discrimination or harassment?
Learn as much as you can about the issue and the services that Brown provides. You can also offer to go with your friend if s/he decides to report an incident of discrimination or harassment. Click here for general information on how to report an incident at the Office of Student Life.

For further information, including a description of how to file a complaint, visit the Discrimation and Harrassment policy page on the Office of Institutional Diversity's website.

Where do I go for help?
Anyone can seek advice, information or counseling on matters related to discrimination and harassment without having to lodge an informal or formal grievance.

Racial Harassment by a Student
You can contact:

  • Office of Student Life Deans, at 401.863-3145
  • Mary Grace Almandrez, Director of the Third World Center, at 863-2120
  • Administrator on Call, available 24 hours a day, at 863-4111

Racial Harassment by a Faculty Member or a Staff Member
You can contact:

  • Lina Fruzetti, Interim Institutional Diversity Officer, 863-2706
  • Elke Breker, Director of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, 863-2427
  • Dorothy Denniston, Associate Professor Emerita of English, 863-3739

Department of Public Safety
401.863-4111 (emergency response)
Emergency response and crime reporting available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also contact the Special Victims Unit at 863-2542 for information and support concerning University and Providence Police reporting options related to hate crimes. Services include safety planning, victim advocacy, court accompaniment and assistance with obtaining restraining orders. Seeking help from the Special Victims Unit does not require you to file a police report.


Office of Institutional Diversity
This web page provides detailed information on the definition of discrimination and harassment, available resources at Brown and the process for informal resolutions and formal complaint procedures.

Department of Public Safety
This page describes what constitutes a hate crime and how Public Safety investigates hate crimes.

The Office of Student Life, Student Handbook
This page describes federal guidelines relating to non-discrimination and lists staff and faculty who can provide support to students.