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or stated promise of preferential treatment or negative consequences concerning academic or employment status.

 Verbal abuse or kidding that is oriented toward a prohibited form of harassment, including that which is sex-oriented and considered unwelcome. This includes offensive comments which harass an individual based upon his or her sex, race, age, national origin, disability, or marital status; telling “dirty jokes” that are inappropriate and considered offensive, or any tasteless, sexually oriented comments, innuendoes, or actions that offend.

 Creating an academic environment that is intimidating, hostile, abusive, or offensive because of unwelcome or unwanted conversations, suggestions, requests, demands, physical contacts, or attentions, whether sexually oriented or otherwise related to a prohibited form of harassment.

The college’s concern is to provide an academic environment that is comfortable for students, advisors and staff, conducive to the academic enterprise, and free from this type of behavior. This policy is written to be sure that everyone understands our intent to provide an academic environment free of harassment.

Obviously, the college cannot prevent violations of this policy unless such behavior is observed or the college is told of the violations. Any complaints will be kept confidential, and any person can be assured that he/she will not suffer negative consequences as a

result of bringing his/her concerns to the college’s attention. Failure of any person involved in the investigation of a harassment complaint to keep the complaint confidential shall be a separate violation of this policy. A separate violation shall also occur if any retaliatory action is taken against or directed at any person who has made a harassment complaint. Violations will result in disciplinary action. The college reserves the right to provide information regarding any harassment complaint or retaliatory conduct to the necessary legal authorities if the college, in its sole discretion, believes illegal conduct has occurred.

Consensual amorous relationships between faculty and students are also considered unethical under this policy because of the inherently asymmetrical nature of the relationship between student and faculty. Due to the possibility of abuse of power, or the appearance of such abuse, faculty are warned that any romantic involvement with a student makes them liable to formal disciplinary action if a complaint is initiated by the student.

Faculty may not participate in activities or decisions that may reward or penalize a student with whom the faculty member has or has had a consensual amorous relationship. Any person may file a complaint for a violation of this rule.

Procedures Regarding Complaints of Harassment

Definition of Terms

Complainant means a person who alleges harassment.

Respondent means a person against whom harassment is alleged.


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