A Statement of Commitment to Zero Tolerance of Harassment and Discrimination in Schools and Programs of Public Health

Perry N. Halkitis, Linda Alexander, Kauline Cipriani, John Finnegan, Wayne Giles, Teri Lassiter, Hala Madanat, Tricia Penniecook, Dean Smith, Laura Magaña, Rita Kelliher

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Abstract

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health convened a Task Force on Zero Tolerance of Harassment and Discrimination in 2019 to develop a policy statement and strategies for addressing harassment of all types in institutions offering public health education. We outline the premises and scholarly foundation for the development of the Statement of Commitment to Zero Tolerance of Harassment and Discrimination, the statement itself, and future plans for realizing the aspiration established in the statement. The development of this living document is predicated on the belief that it is the core responsibility of academic institutions to build the knowledge and that it is the responsibility of leaders, namely deans of schools of public health and directors of public health programs, to lead in building the shared knowledge and insist on the practices that create institutions for a better future free of harassment and discrimination. Our statement is informed by the knowledge that aggressions in the form of harassment and discrimination undermine the health and well-being of individuals, the public, and populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPublic health reports
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • discrimination
  • education
  • harassment
  • leadership
  • universities

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  • Journal Article

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    Halkitis, P. N., Alexander, L., Cipriani, K., Finnegan, J., Giles, W., Lassiter, T., Madanat, H., Penniecook, T., Smith, D., Magaña, L., & Kelliher, R. (Accepted/In press). A Statement of Commitment to Zero Tolerance of Harassment and Discrimination in Schools and Programs of Public Health. Public health reports. https://doi.org/10.1177/0033354920921816