Steps to Take
If you or someone you know is the subject of illegal harassment and/or discrimination, you don't have to take it or deal with it alone.
Meet with a member of the Compliance, Diversity and Ethics (CDE) team to discuss your concerns. George Mason University has procedures in place to administer and enforce university policies, state and federal laws. We will review your complaint and determine the appropriate next steps.
If You Have a Complaint
Fill out an intake form, email the CDE office or call 703-993-8730. You will meet with a CDE team member, after which CDE will make a threshold determination as to whether the allegation(s) contained in the complaint constitute a violation of university policy. This threshold determination will be made within three (3) business days of the intake meeting.
For the complete grievance procedure, including time frames and appeal process, please read the EO/AA Grievance Procedure Document (PDF). This procedure applies to all Mason faculty, staff, students, university contractors, vendors and visitors.
If You've Been Accused
As the Responding party (the individual accused of discrimination), you have the right to bring an advisor to an investigative meeting. CDE asks that you submit the name and relationship of the advisor (e.g., legal counsel), in writing, at least 72 business hours prior to the meeting.
As the Respondent, you will be notified of a complaint within five (5) business days after CDE determines an investigation will ensue. A CDE team member will meet with you to present the allegation(s) made against you. At that time, you may also provide any additional information you would like to have considered regarding the matter.
If You Face Retaliation
Retaliation is defined as a negative action taken against an individual as a result of a complaint being filed or after an individual has cooperated with an investigative process. CDE investigates and resolves allegations of retaliation against individuals who have raised claims of discrimination based on the above factors, or who have cooperated in an investigative process in some manner. No agent, employee or student of the university may harass, coerce, intimidate or discriminate against an individual who has filed an Equal Opportunity complaint or participated in the investigative process.
If You're Dissatisfied with the Results of the Investigation
You may appeal in writing to the Vice President of CDE within ten (10) business days of a decision. You may also appeal based on discovery of new evidence that was previously unavailable or based on a significant irregularity in the procedural process that could affect the outcome. General dissatisfaction with the decision is not sufficient. The determination of the Vice President is final.
If You Want Outside Advice
Mason students, faculty and staff have resources available on the local, state and federal level.