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.
Any student or employee who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct or any other violation of this policy has a right to report the conduct to the campus title IX coordinator or to any other responsible party which includes: the campus administrator with responsibility for human resource management, student conduct or the department head of the relevant academic department. Persons who may have experienced criminal sexual misconduct are strongly encouraged to report the offense to campus police or local law enforcement, as well as to the campus title IX coordinator or the persons named above. To the extent possible, the complainant and those who receive the complaint should preserve evidence and not disturb the potential crime scene. The complainant, however, has the legal right not to provide a statement to campus police or law enforcement.
Any person who receives a complaint under this policy shall promptly notify the campus title IX coordinator, who shall be responsible for notifying LSU title IX coordinator and any campus administrators, who may be involved in the resolution process. Any supervisor, who witnesses or receives a report or complaint, shall notify the campus title IX coordinator.
Complaints will be investigated promptly and confidentially. Retaliation is prohibited and shall be a violation of this policy and shall constitute misconduct subject to disciplinary or other action.
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.