Policies and Procedures

E0709 Student Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policy

The College is committed to providing an educational and work environment free from all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, and does not condone any harassment by or of its students, employees or others.  Any student who engages in such conduct will be subject to disciplinary action appropriate to the particular facts involved.

Harassment includes verbal or physical conduct that shows hostility, threat or aversion including, but not limited to, epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, threatening or intimidating acts, written or graphic materials that denigrate or show hostility towards an individual because of his or her age, race, creed, color, disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest or conviction record, religion, military service, or other protected status.


Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that limits or denies a person's ability to participate in or benefit from the educational and/or work environment.  Unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or educational status or opportunity
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting that individual
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's educational experience, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or learning environment

Prohibited behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Written contact, such as sexually suggestive or obscene letters, emails, texts, or messages
  • Verbal harassment including making sexual comments about a person's clothing, body or sexual activities; telling sexual jokes or stories; sexual innuendos; whistling; asking or telling about sexual fantasies; obscene gestures; or using demeaning or offensive terms
  • Physical contact such as intentional touching, pinching, brushing against another person, impeding or blocking movement, sexual assault, coercing or touching oneself in a sexual manner in front of another person
  • Non-verbal harassment such as leering or staring at another's body, or gesturing or displaying sexually suggestive objects or pictures

Adopted:  January 20, 2009

​Reference Procedure: E0709p Student Grievance Procedure