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Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment Policy

Policy

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of the College that a learning and working environment free from sexual and other unlawful harassment shall be maintained. Harassment, retaliation, coercion, interference, or intimidation of an employee or student due to his or her race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, creed, sexual orientation, political affiliation or any other legally protected status not listed herein, or that of any employee’s or student’s relatives, friends, or associates, is strictly forbidden and will not be tolerated of anyone associated with the College either at a campus facility or College-sponsored event. The scope of this policy also extends to any visitor, vendor, or contractor while on campus property.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment includes physical contact and/or conduct that creates an unwelcome or hostile environment. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature when submission to the conduct is made a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic performance (either implicitly or explicitly), when submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting the individual, or when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to interfere with an individual’s work or academic performance or to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment. Occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature do not constitute sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to:

 
  1. Physical assault, including rape, or any coerced sexual relations.
  2. Subtle pressure for sexual activity or for a relationship that takes on a sexual or romantic coloring, thereby exceeding the limits of healthy relation. 
  3. Any demeaning sexual propositions. 
  4. Unnecessary touching in any form. 
  5. Sexually explicit or suggestive remarks about a person’s physical attributes, clothing, or behavior.
  6. Sexually stereotyped or sexually charged insults, humor, verbal abuse, or graffiti. 
  7. Any sexually inappropriate behavior that prevents an individual from participating in their employment, academic performance, or in any functions of the College.

Other Unlawful Harassment

Other unlawful harassment may consist of verbal or physical conduct that denigrate or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his or her race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, creed, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or any other legally protected status not listed herein, or that of his or her relatives, friends, or associates, and has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment; has the purpose or effect of interfering unreasonably with an individual’s work or academic performance; or otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment or educational opportunities.

 

Other unlawful harassment may include, but is not limited to:

 
  1. Threatening or intimidating conduct directed at another because of the individual’s race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, creed, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or any legally protected status not listed herein.
  2. Jokes, name calling, or rumors based upon an individual’s race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, creed, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or any legally protected status not listed herein.
  3. Ethnic slurs, negative stereotypes and hostile acts based on an individual’s race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, creed, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or any legally protected status not listed herein.
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