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Addressing Harassment & Incivility: Building a Positive Climate for Students

Resources for graduate faculty who want to address harassment and incivility in their programs.


Develop an Advising Statement

In order to improve communication and maximize the chance that your advisees will meet or exceed your expectations we recommend producing and distributing an Advising Statement. 

Utilize the Red Folder

An online resource designed to help faculty recognize indicators of student distress and how to respond and refer the student appropriately. 


Watch the ”Toward Inclusivity” Video

A 27-minute video project featuring interviews with UMN graduate students, the purpose of which is to encourage the University of Minnesota community – students, faculty & staff – to engage in authentic and sometimes difficult discussions about diversity on our campus. Discussion questions and resources follow each section of the video. 

Visit the Faculty Fighting Racism website

A website that features a curated list of books, articles, videos, and podcasts to get faculty started on the long, personal, and continuous journey towards understanding the concept of being anti-racist and our role as educators. 

Enroll in the Equity & Diversity Certificate program

This program helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. It’s free of charge and open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni on all campuses of the University of Minnesota.

Organize a Faculty/Staff workshop through the Office for Equity & Diversity

These are faculty- and staff-specific workshops on facilitating conversations in the classroom and identifying implicit bias. They can also be customized for individual unit needs and concerns.

Mental Health

View the resources on Assisting Students in Distress website

Includes general principles for recognizing signs of distress in students, talking with students about yours concerns, and making appropriate referrals.

Conflict Resolution

Review SCRC’s Guide to Reducing Instructional Complaints

This resource from the Student Conflict Resolution Center outlines some areas where student-instructor conflict is common, along with suggestions on how to avoid these problems. 

Study the documents provided by The Dignity Project

Find guidance on how to enhance the relationships between advanced students and the faculty with whom they work and study.


View the Disability Resource Center’s Tips on Creating Community in the Classroom

These tips are intended to create a welcoming classroom community for all students, including students with varying cultural backgrounds, gender identities, disabilities, and students who are first generation

View the Disability Resource Center's Tips on Creating Accessible & Inclusive Meetings or Events

Planning ahead for inclusion can help to create an event that is welcoming to everybody. This tip sheet includes some guidelines to consider when organizing meetings and events.

Sexual Harassment

Review the University’s policy on Sexual Harassment

This policy governs the University of Minnesota’s commitment to preventing and addressing sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, relationship violence and related retaliation.

Complete or review the University’s Faculty and Staff Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training

The training emphasizes University policies, helps participants recognize forms of sexual misconduct, and prioritizes bystander intervention and victim support. Phase II of the training includes supplemental programming, such as academic leadership training, department-level training, and opportunities and resources for more in-depth discussion.

Read PIPSM's Guidance on Creating Respectful and Healthy Virtual Spaces

Higher education has temporarily become a virtual world, but sexual harassment doesn’t stop, nor does the need to handle existing cases, support those who have experienced harassment, and prevent harassment from occurring. Learn about key messages and resources.