Policy Statement

As of its effective date, December 31, 2010, this Policy on Discrimination and Harassment (the policy) incorporates and supersedes all other policies, procedures, and statements on discrimination and harassment previously adopted or issued by Oberlin College and or its faculty, students, or employees


Oberlin College is committed to creating an institutional environment free from discrimination and harassment for students and employees. Thus, discrimination and harassment based on the following categories are prohibited: race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, family relationship to an employee of Oberlin College, and gender identity and expression. 1

In addition, should any applicable law be enacted in the future prohibiting discrimination and or harassment based on a category not listed above, or should there be other changes in the applicable law governing discrimination and or harassment, this policy will be deemed amended to the extent necessary to reflect such changes.

Oberlin College deplores incidents of discrimination or harassment wherever they may occur – for example between students, between employees, and between students and employees. The college is especially mindful of its obligation to seek learning opportunities for its students.

Discrimination or harassment, whether overt or covert, may directly or indirectly have a negative impact on students’ abilities to learn. Discrimination not only may have undesirable educational and psychological consequences; it is also against the law. Perpetrators of such behavior can be subject to college adjudication processes, including disciplinary action up to and including termination, suspension, and expulsion as appropriate.

The community is further advised that recourse can be sought through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Ohio Commission on Civil Rights, or the courts. This policy does not limit the rights of an individual to seek remedies available under state or federal law.


1 In affirming the prohibition against discrimination and harassment on these bases, Oberlin College also affirms its compliance with applicable laws. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 prohibits employment discrimination based on age against individuals who are 40 years of age or older. Other federal laws prohibit discrimination against individuals in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. These laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), sex (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972), disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990), and age (Age Discrimination Act of 1975). In addition, Chapter 4112 of the Ohio Revised Code prohibits discrimination in various contexts based on race, color, religion, sex, military status, national origin, disability, age, or ancestry. Likewise, Section 1185.02 of the Codified Ordinances of Oberlin prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, handicap, familial status, or national origin of any prospective owner, occupant, or user of the housing.