Sexual Harassment Policy
Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful sexual discrimination. For the purposes of this policy, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature. A man as well as a woman may be the victim of sexual harassment, and a woman as well as a man may be the initiator. The victim may be of the same sex as the initiator. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- Submission to such conduct is an explicit or implicit term or condition of an employment or academic success;
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for an employment or academic decision that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individuals work or academic performance; or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or academic environment.
- Additionally, sexual harassment may also include repeated, unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances or propositions, continued or repeated verbal abuse of a sexual nature, graphic or degrading verbal comments about an individual or his or her appearance, the display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures or any offensive abusive physical conduct.
Complaint Procedure: Any employee or applicant for employment who believes he/she has been sexually harassed should file a complaint with his/her immediate supervisor or the Human Resources Office. Any faculty, administrator or staff member who receives a complaint will contact the Human Resources Office immediately. If this process is not a viable option or does not result in appropriate action, complaints should be addressed to either the vice chancellor for academic affairs, student affairs, business affairs or development. Complaints will be investigated promptly.
Any student who feels he/she has been a victim of sexual harassment should contact any faculty or staff member, department chair or dean. Any individual so contacted should immediately notify the Human Resources Office. If this process is not a viable option or does not result in appropriate action, complaints should be addressed to either the vice chancellor for academic affairs or student affairs.
If sexual harassment is determined to have occurred, correction of the situation will be prompt and without retaliatory measures against the person who was harassed.
Policy Statement: The university is committed to maintaining a community free from all forms of sexual harassment. No employee, student, applicant for employment or other person shall be subjected to unsolicited and unwelcome sexual conduct, either verbal or physical. Sexual harassment violates university policy as well as state, federal and local laws. It is neither permitted nor condoned, but specifically prohibited. It is a violation of this policy for any employee or student at the university to attempt in any way to retaliate against a person who makes a claim of sexual harassment. Any individual who violates the university's policy against sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Such determinations will be made on a case by case basis in consideration of the severity of the offense.