It is the policy of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College to maintain an environment for students that is free of discrimination, sexual harassment, and all forms of sexual intimidation and exploitation.
Sexual harassment is an assault on a person’s privacy and integrity. It can cause poor academic performance, physical illness, fear of reprisal, anxiety, and loss of self confidence.
Sexual harassment also can affect those exposed to the situation, causing conflict in the classroom, a decline in morale, and a loss of respect for the responsible party.
Information concerning an allegation of sexual harassment will be handled in a confidential manner insofar as possible.
Discrimination in the form of sexual harassment based upon, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or age will not be tolerated at Southeast Community College.
DEFINITION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Sexual harassment not only violates Southeast Community College policy, but alsoTitle IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome and unwanted verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature:
· where submission to such conduct is made an explicit or implicit term or condition of an individual’s academic status or progress;
· where submission or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for making academic decisions affecting the individual; or
· which has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the individual’s academic performance or which creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.
Sexual harassment can take different forms and the determination of what constitutes sexual harassment will vary according to the particular circumstance.
An individual may feel uncomfortable about a sexual advance and may begin to feel embarrassed, guilty, trapped or even frightened that a reputation, grade, or class is in jeopardy.
Student who believe they are victims of, or witnesses to sexual harassment are urged to report such incidents as soon as possible. Such behavior should be brought immediately to the attention of any one of the officials listed below:
Appropriate investigation and disciplinary action will be taken. No adverse academic action will be taken against a student making a good faith report of alleged sexual harassment.
EXAMPLES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Sexual harassment may involve behavior by a student, faculty or staff person of either sex against a person of the same or opposite sex. Sexual harassment may be found in the following situations:
External remedies are available for students through the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. For more information, you may contact the Philadelphia Office:
U. S. Department of EducationOffice of Civil RightsWanamaker Building, Suite 515100 Penn Square EastPhiladelphia, PA 19107Telephone: 215-656-8541FAX: 215-656-8605; TDD: 215-656-8604