Statement on Workplace Environment

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The Duke University community is committed to the robust exchange of diverse perspectives, and acceptance of persons from diverse backgrounds and experiences. In the Department of Political Science, we affirm these values of the university. We are committed to fostering free, open, and critical academic inquiry in an environment that is welcoming, respectful, and supportive of all of its members. This includes undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, visitors, staff, and faculty.

We expect everyone in our community to act professionally, and to contribute to and maintain an inclusive and welcoming environment in which all are treated with courtesy, respect, and dignity. We reject complicity that knowingly promotes, encourages, or protects discrimination or unprofessional behavior on the part of others. We also will not tolerate retaliation against those who raise concerns in good faith.

In an effort to promote such an environment, the department has established a Workplace Environment Policy, including several mechanisms for voicing concerns, grievances, or suggestions. You can find this policy linked below.