Policy on Sexual Harassment
It is the intent of this policy to prevent any occurrence of sexual harassment at the College and to inform all members of the College community of the procedures to follow if questions or problems arise. Sexual harassment is illegal under both state and federal law and objectionable under any circumstance. To provide an environment conducive to learning and professional performance and development, the College shall not tolerate sexual harassment in any form by any employee or student.
It is the College's policy that no member of the College community may sexually harass any other member of the College community. The College shall not condone sexual harassment of or by students, faculty members, staff members or administrators. Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute harassment when:
Submission to such conduct is deemed to be either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education;
Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is deemed to be used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual; or
Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or employment environment. This includes any program or activity under the auspices of the College.
Any employee or student who believes she/he has been sexually harassed, should report such incidents to the Director of Human Resources or to the Vice President for Student Affairs or designated administrator. All reports or complaints shall be promptly investigated. Substantiated charges shall result in appropriate corrective action up to and including discharge or expulsion of the offending party. In responding to complaints of harassing behavior, rights of due process and confidentiality shall be respected. Any person who, in good faith, brings forth a complaint of sexual harassment shall not be subject to retaliation.