February 5, 2013: Advisors Among 2013 Alumni Award Honorees
Fletcher Board Member Farah Pandith, F95 wins Distinguished Achievement Award from Tufts University Alumni Association. Pandith has been promoted by the U.S. Department of State to the first-ever position of Special Representative to Muslim Communities. Prior to this appointment, she served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, in senior positions for the National Security Council and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and as vice president of international business for ML Strategies, LLC, in Boston.
Tisch College Board Member Steven Koltai, A76, F78, E12P wins Distinguished Service Award from Tufts University Alumni Association. While being an “activist philanthropist” and leading a successful career in the entertainment industry, Koltai has been a generous alumnus for more than 30 years in many capacities. His long-standing involvement with Tufts has included the Charles Tufts Society, the Board of Advisors for both the Tisch College of Active Citizenship and the School of Arts and Sciences, and former chapter chair and volunteer for the Tufts Alumni Admissions Program.
For the full list of honorees please visit TuftsAlumni.
February 22, 2012: Tufts University Sexual Harassment Policy Guide
Dear Members of the Boards,
Tufts University deeply appreciates all that you do on behalf of our students, faculty, and staff. As distinguished leaders in your respective professions and spheres of influence, you play important roles as ambassadors for the values that are central to the pursuit of our academic mission and as models of the conduct we expect from all members of our community.
In keeping with its institutional values and traditions, the University is committed to maintaining an academic and work environment in which everyone is respected and treated with dignity. An important part of this commitment is regularly communicating our expectations regarding adherence to the Tufts policies and legal guidelines prohibiting sexual harassment. In light of increased scrutiny of how institutions communicate their policies related to sexual harassment, I wanted to provide you with the brief summary below. You may read through the University’s full policy here.
Sex-based harassment or discrimination of any kind against a Tufts student, employee, or applicant is illegal and violates both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. It is also against the University’s own policies. Tufts’ Sexual Harassment Policy identifies the following as some examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment, particularly when they are unwelcome:
- Sexist statements and behavior that convey insulting, degrading, or discriminatory attitudes ;
- Sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes regardless of the means of communication (oral, written, email, text messages, etc.);
- Persistent and unwanted requests for dates, unwelcome and inappropriate letters, telephone calls, email, text messages, or other communications or gifts;
- Subtle or overt pressure for sexual favors;
- Unwanted physical contact such as touching, hugging, brushing against a person’s body, impeding or blocking movements ; and
- Direct or implied threats that submission to sexual advances will be a condition of employment, academic status, promotion, grades, or letters of recommendation.
Tufts is legally obligated to address behavior of this sort, by stopping it, investigating it, and preventing its recurrence. If you become aware of any situation or activity within the Tufts community that may constitute sexual harassment, please contact Michelle Hinkle in the Office of the Boards of Advisors, Assistant Provost Gary Roberts, or me. Also, you may contact the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity directly as indicated on the policy statement.
The impact of sexual harassment can go far beyond the obvious effects on the individuals involved, eroding community and creating an atmosphere of mistrust. Thank you in advance for your continuing help in ensuring that all of our activities on behalf of the University are consistent with our commitment to making Tufts an exemplary place to teach, learn, and work.
Provost and Senior Vice President ad interim