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ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY


A fundamental policy of the College is that employees and students at the College should be able to work and study at the College in an environment free of discrimination and any form of harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation or any other protected class recognized by state or federal law. To further this fundamental policy, the College prohibits the harassment of any person, student or employee and the prohibition extends to harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, or sexual orientation. Harassment is counterproductive to the College’s goals and will not be tolerated. Such behavior is unacceptable because it is a form of unprofessional behavior threatening to the academic freedom and personal integrity of others. Failure to follow this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.


The type of harassment that is prohibited may take many forms and includes, without limitation, verbal harassment (derogatory comments and/or slurs), physical harassment (assault or physical interference), visual harassment (posters, cartoons, drawings), use of the Internet or e-mail to harass or embarrass, and innuendo or false rumors. Further, harassment includes conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment. Harassment is prohibited both during normal work or school hours and outside the normal work or school hours if such harassment is determined by the College to affect the normal working or student/faculty/staff relationships.


Harassment can take a number of forms, but of particular concern is sexual harassment, which is a violation of state and federal law. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct, and other verbal or physical conduct, or visual forms of harassment of a sexual nature.


Harassment includes, but is not limited to, the following forms:


• Unwelcome or unwanted advances, including sexual advances. This means patting, pinching, brushing up against, hugging, cornering, kissing, fondling, or any other similar physical contact.


• Unwelcome requests or demands for favors, including sexual favors. This includes subtle or blatant expectations, pressures or request for any type of favor, including a sexual favor, whether or not it is accompanied by an implied 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.


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