Filing a Complaint

Any employee, student, or applicant for employment or admission who is aware of or believes that he or she has witnessed or been subjected to any form of unlawful discrimination or harassment may make a complaint as outlined below. The complaint should be as specific as possible regarding the circumstances, including the dates and places of the incidents, individuals involved, names of any witnesses and any other relevant information.

Discrimination or Harassment Complaints Against Students

Campus Safety & Security investigates complaints about student behavior. Concerns about the behavior of student-employees are reported as set forth below.

Anyone who is aware of or believes they have witnessed or been the subject of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, sexual assault and relationship violence, by a student, should immediately report the behavior to Campus Safety & Security. Reports can also be made to the nondiscrimination coordinator, any nondiscrimination campus liaison, Residential Life or any other trusted university employee who will then report the incident to Campus Safety & Security.

How do I contact Campus Safety & Security to report a complaint?

You may contact Campus Safety & Security on your campus by calling the number listed below:

  • Providence Campus: 401-598-1103
  • North Miami Campus: 305-892-7011
  • Denver Campus: 303-256-9500
  • Charlotte Campus: 980-598-1900

Discrimination or Harassment Complaints Against Employees, Student Employees and Third Parties

The nondiscrimination coordinator (who is also the Title IX and Section 504 coordinator) investigates complaints about the behavior of employees, student employees (acting in their capacity as employees) and third parties (e.g., a visitor to campus or an individual doing business with the university).

Anyone who is aware of or believes they have witnessed or been the subject of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, sexual assault or relationship violence, by any employee of the university, a student employee or a third party should immediately report the discrimination or harassment to the nondiscrimination coordinator, any nondiscrimination campus liaison or Human Resources & Payroll. Reports can also be made to Campus Safety & Security, Residential Life or any other trusted university employee who will then report the incident to the nondiscrimination coordinator.

Who are the nondiscrimination coordinator and nondiscrimination campus liaisons?

The nondiscrimination coordinator (who is also the Title IX and Section 504 coordinator) and nondiscrimination campus liaisons are university employees who are specially trained and authorized to take reports of discrimination, harassment, sexual assault and relationship violence, and conduct discrimination, harassment, sexual assault and relationship violence investigations. Refer to the website for more information about the nondiscrimination coordinator and nondiscrimination campus liaisons.

In the event of a conflict of interest or other circumstances where reporting to the university nondiscrimination coordinator or a nondiscrimination campus liaison would not be appropriate, reports of discrimination or harassment may be made to the vice president of human resources (401-598-1845), any campus vice president or the senior vice president of administration on the Providence Campus (401-598-1754).

Who coordinates the university's compliance with Title IX, Section 504 and other discrimination laws?

The nondiscrimination coordinator has been designated to carry out the university’s responsibilities under all federal and state discrimination laws, including, but not limited to, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Refer to the website for more information about the nondiscrimination coordinator.

What should I do if I have a complaint about gender equity in athletics?

If you have a complaint about gender equity in university athletics programs, you should contact the nondiscrimination coordinator (who is also the Title IX and Section 504 coordinator).

Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence

In addition to the procedures described above, employees or students who are victims of sexual assault or relationship violence (including dating violence, domestic violence or stalking) may seek assistance as described in the university’s Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Policy.

Please also see Investigation and Resolution, Retaliation, the Student Code of Conduct and the Conduct Review Process.