Sexual Harassment

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It is the policy of the College that no employee or student be harassed by an employee, supervisor, student, or instructor on the basis of gender and that no personnel or academic action be taken affecting an employee or student (either favorably or unfavorably) on the basis of conduct that is not related to work or classroom performance. Such conduct may include sexual advances or raising a complaint concerning the alleged violation of this policy.

The purpose of this policy is not to regulate an employee or student’s personal life or morality. The policy was formulated to protect employees and students—both male and female—against unsolicited and unwelcome sexual overtures or conduct, either physical or verbal. It prohibits any employee/student misconduct that may upset employee/student morale and interfere with work efficiency and the learning environment. Some forms of misconduct may even constitute a violation of the equal employment opportunity law.

Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature or welcomed social relationships. The type of conduct prohibited by this policy includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Any demand for sexual favors that are accompanied by a promise of favorable job or academic treatment or a threat concerning the employee's employment or the student's grade.
  • Subtle pressure for sexual favors, including implying or threatening that an applicant, employee, or student's cooperation of a sexual nature (or refusal thereof) will have any effect on the person's employment, job assignment, wages, promotion, grade, or on any other conditions of employment, graduation, or future job opportunities.
  • Behavior that is not welcomed by the employee/student and is personally offensive, such as:
  • Repeated sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions.
  • Continued or repeated verbal abuse of a sexual nature, sexually related comments and joking, graphic, or degrading comments about an employee's/student's appearance or display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures.
  • Any uninvited physical contact or touching, such as patting, pinching, or constant brushing against another's body.

Violations of this policy will not be permitted. Any employee or student who violates this policy will be subject to discipline up to, and including, suspension or expulsion from the College.

Any employee or student who feels that he/she is a victim of sexual harassment should immediately report the incident. The incident will be thoroughly investigated. Students report to the Clinical Counselor/VRE, the College Counselor, and/or to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. Employees report to Human Resources. Such reporting does not substitute for notification to the appropriate law enforcement authority. See Article Campus Crime Policy. Any questions regarding this policy or a specific fact situation should be brought to the appropriate immediate supervisor, a higher-level supervisor, or to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. The confidentiality and privacy of the employee/student and those involved will be respected during the investigation. If an employee or student brings the matter to the appropriate supervisor above, and still does not believe the situation has been satisfactorily resolved, the employee or student should immediately bring his/her complaint to the attention of the President of the College.