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College Wide Policies - Sexual Harassment

Catalog and Student Handbook

Definition: Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct or written communication of a sexual nature which is intimidating, hostile, or offensive. Sexual harassment shall be considered to have occurred when:

  • Accepting or tolerating such conduct is made a term or condition of student’s status or individual’s employment, either explicitly or implicitly.
  • Accepting or rejecting such conduct is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting the student or employee.
  • Such conduct creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment, or substantially interferes with an employee’s work performance or a student’s academic performance.

Student Reporting Procedures for Sexual Harassment: Complaints of sexual harassment should be directed to the Dean of Student Development and Campus Police. Allegations will be fully investigated and appropriate corrective action will be taken immediately if warranted.

If the accused is a student, the case will be handled according to procedures outlined in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities. If the accused is a member of the College faculty or staff, the matter will be referred to the Human Resources department.

All reports will be treated confidentially and the complainant’s identity will remain anonymous outside of any confidential disciplinary proceedings. Students who have concerns or questions regarding whether a particular behavior or situation constitutes sexual harassment are encouraged to confidentially consult a Counselor in the Counseling Center.

Disciplinary Procedures for Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment by a student is a violation of the Standards of Conduct outlined in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities and may result in suspension or dismissal. The Dean of Student Development will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident, and based on the findings, will make the decision of what sanction is to be imposed. In cases where suspension and dismissal are imposed, the student accused of the sexual harassment can appeal the administrator’s decision by requesting a review committee be convened to consider the appeal. The review committee procedures allow for due process and the protection of the rights of the accused and the complainant. The complainant and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during any disciplinary proceeding. Both the complainant and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding that is brought alleging a sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment of a student by a member of the College faculty or staff constitutes a complaint of unfair treatment and a violation of College policy. Any employee found in violation of the sexual harassment policy shall be subject to corrective action, which may include termination of employment.

A valid complaint of unfair treatment will be handled through the Student Grievance Policy, with the following exceptions. In cases of sexual harassment, the student alleging sexual harassment is not required to file the initial complaint with the alleged harasser.