Policy on Reporting Discrimination

Policy Statement:

Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) is committed to fostering a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment for all members of its community. Discrimination in any form, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, or socioeconomic status, is strictly prohibited. This policy outlines the procedures for reporting incidents of discrimination, ensuring prompt and appropriate responses, and promoting a campus culture of respect and diversity.

Scope:

This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, administrators, and visitors at Lyceum of the Philippines University, regardless of their affiliation or role within the institution.

Prohibited Conduct:

Discriminatory conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Verbal, written, or electronic harassment or slurs based on protected characteristics.
  2. Denial of access to educational or employment opportunities due to protected characteristics.
  3. Creating a hostile or intimidating environment based on protected characteristics.
  4. Retaliation against individuals who report discrimination or participate in related investigations.

Reporting Procedures:

  1. Direct Communication: Any individual who believes they have experienced or witnessed discrimination is encouraged to address the issue directly with the alleged perpetrator, if they feel comfortable doing so. This approach may foster understanding and resolution at an early stage.
  2. Reporting to Authorities: If direct communication is ineffective or not feasible, individuals are encouraged to report incidents to the following authorities:
    • Students: To the Dean/Director of Student Affairs or designated student services personnel.
    • Faculty and Staff: To the Human Resources Department or immediate supervisor.
    • Visitors: To the University Security Office or any available University personnel.
  3. Anonymous Reporting: Anonymous reporting mechanisms, such as a designated online form or helpline, will be established to ensure individuals can report incidents confidentially.

Investigation and Response:

  1. Initial Assessment: Upon receipt of a discrimination report, the appropriate authority will conduct an initial assessment to determine the nature and severity of the incident.
  2. Investigation: If deemed necessary, a formal investigation will be conducted by an impartial investigator or committee. All parties involved will be afforded due process and a fair opportunity to present their perspectives.
  3. Resolution: Once the investigation is completed, appropriate action will be taken, which may include but is not limited to counseling, education, disciplinary actions, or other remedies aimed at preventing further incidents.

Confidentiality and Non-Retaliation:

All reports of discrimination will be handled with sensitivity and discretion, and information will be shared only on a need-to-know basis. Retaliation against individuals who report discrimination or participate in investigations is strictly prohibited and will be subject to disciplinary action.

Awareness and Prevention:

LPU is committed to promoting awareness and prevention of discrimination through educational programs, workshops, seminars, and campaigns that foster a culture of respect, inclusivity, and diversity.

Review and Updates:

This policy will be periodically reviewed and updated as necessary to ensure its effectiveness and alignment with legal requirements and best practices.


Initially Approved Effective: February 1, 2023

Rev. 1 Reviewed, Amended, Approved, and Effective: July 28, 2023