Policies, Handbooks and Procedures
The University has a number of policies and procedures that provide guidance to assure the fair and equitable treatment of members of the Penn community. The policies and handbooks listed below provide useful information in understanding the rights and responsibilities of members of our community.
University of Pennsylvania Nondiscrimination Statement
The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Suite 421, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice).
Trustees Resolution Adopting a Diversity Statement
RESOLVED, that the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania adopt in principal and practice the following statement on diversity:
Penn rejoices in the rich diversity of persons, groups, views, and academic disciplines and programs that grace the campus of the nation's first university. Tapping our diversity to strengthen ties across all boundaries enriches the intellectual climate and creates a more vibrant community. Fostering and nourishing this diversity, especially among students, faculty, staff, and trustees must remain central to the core missions of the University.
Penn's Procedures, Policies and Handbooks provide guidance for fair and consistent treatment of everyone within the Penn community. The listing provides useful information in understanding the core mission that we strive to maintain here at Penn as reflected in the Penn Compact.
Below are links with a listing of some of the content you will find under each page:
- Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy and Nondiscrimination Statement
- Sexual Harassment Policy
- Principles of Responsible Conduct
- Guidelines on Open Expression
- Family Friendly Policies for Faculty
- Family Friendly Policies for Graduate Students
- Policy on Consensual Sexual Relations Between Faculty and Students
- Family and Medical Leave Act
- Code of Student Conduct
- Policy Against Retaliation
- Staff Grievance Procedure
- Student Grievance Procedure
- Faculty Grievance Procedure
- Human Resources Manual
A resource that includes policies and procedures that are apply to all phases of employment (from hiring through termination) and selected information regarding University benefits and eligibility for participation in benefits programs.
- Staff Affirmative Action Officers Manual (PDF)
Provides guidance for SAAO's regarding their responsibilities, compliance procedures, search and selection processes, affirmative action and equal opportunity laws and related areas.
- Hiring and Recruitment
A resource for hiring officials that guides them through the recruitment and selection process. Please note that your Pennkey is needed to access this manual.
- Graduate Student Center Resource Guide
Provides descriptions of all the resources available to graduate and professional students on Penn's campus.
- Faculty Handbook
Provides essential information concerning the philosophy, objectives and organization of the University and the expectations for members of the faulty.
A handbook for students that includes pertinent policies, procedures, and resources.
The University reserves the right to amend, modify, or rescind any policy and to create new policies and procedures at its sole discretion.