Harassment/Sexual Harassment


The following comes from the Colleges' Handbook on Community Standards. Click here for full text.


Sexual harassment is any gender-based course of conduct that could deprive someone of educational and/or employment access, benefits or opportunities. Sexual harassment is an issue of power – power to control or manipulate people or to determine the nature of the work/learning environment. Sexual harassment, whether intentional or not, has the effect of belittling members of the Colleges and is prohibited.

Verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when:

  1. submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or academic status, or
  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions, or
  3. such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive and objectively offensive that it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic experience or performance, or
  4. such conduct sufficiently severe or pervasive and objectively offensive that it creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, educational, or living environment.

Retaliation against a person for making a report under this policy, for filing a complaint, for supporting a party to a complaint, or for participating in an investigation of a complaint is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Retaliation is any action taken in consequence or retribution for making a complaint or participating in a complaint. Retaliation is a serious offense that can lead to disciplinary action and/or sanctions independent of the merits of the original misconduct allegation.

Depending on the situation, examples of sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Persistent and unwelcome sexually-oriented comments (which could include joking and teasing) about gender-specific traits;
  • Persistent and unnecessary touching, patting, pinching, or brushing against a person’s body or clothing;
  • Persistent and unwelcome sexual flirtation, advances, or propositions;
  • Repeated derogatory and offensive statements that are related to gender and/or sexual orientation;
  • Public displays of material (including but not limited to cartoons, articles, books, images) that are sexually explicit;
  • Unwanted communications (including but not limited to phone calls, emails, or gestures) that are related to gender, sexual behavior, and/or sexual orientation
  • Unwelcome or welcome conduct between individuals in a third party’s work, classroom, or other setting that is required for work or learning purposes, when such conduct creates a negative work environment and/or educational environment for that third party.

2. Sanctions for Sexual Harassment: Students found responsible for sexual harassment face sanctions ranging from (but not limited to) a warning to social probation (including reprimands, educational activity, and revoking of privileges), to suspension (required withdrawal) to permanent separation, depending on the nature of a particular violation and/or an individual student’s overall conduct record at the Colleges.

Employees found responsible for sexual harassment face sanctions ranging from (but not limited to) a warning with a record in the individual’s file to required educational training to work restrictions, to suspension without pay, loss or reduction of salary, to dismissal, depending on the nature of a particular violation and/or whether or not it is a repeat offense. A first offense can result in immediate termination.


One of the goals of the Colleges is to provide an environment in which all members are treated and treat others respectfully. Students, both on and off campus, should refrain from disorderly conduct, which includes any actions that are obscene, disruptive, or which unreasonably disturb others. Abusive language to faculty, staff and other employees may result in a required withdrawal.

The Colleges do not allow any member of the community to engage in behavior that endangers the safety or well-being of others or themselves. Any use or threat of use of violence, either verbal or physical, against self or others, is strictly prohibited, and will be categorized as harassment.

If any student is assaulted or threatened, he or she should report the incident to Campus Safety and/or Vice President for Student Affairs or designee. The student will have recourse to mediation and/or formal grievance procedures of the Colleges through the Committee on Standards. Sanctions against any student found guilty of either disorderly conduct or assault will range from a letter of reprimand to permanent separation.


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