Safety and Security Report - page 14

is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions or decisions concerning the
educational benefits affecting the individual; or (3) conduct that has the purpose or
effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance
or other educational benefit or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working,
learning, or living environment. Sexual harassment often occurs when one individual
has actual or apparent authority over another person, such as a faculty member who
can affect a student’s grades, or a supervisor who can affect terms and conditions
of employment of a subordinate. But sexual harassment can occur between two
individuals of any rank or status. For example, it is possible for students to sexually
harass each other, a student to sexually harass a faculty member, and a subordinate
employee to sexually harass the supervisor.
Sexual harassment is absolutely prohibited, whether the harassing individual is a
student, employee, contractor, volunteer, or any other person who benefits from a
relationship with the College.
Examples of sexual harassment include but are not limited to:
an attempt to coerce an unwilling person into a sexual relationship;
unwelcome questions about sexual behavior or sexual preference;
unwelcome verbal conduct such as sexual innuendo, suggestive comments,
jokes of a sexual nature;
unwelcome commentary about an individual’s body, appearance or sexuality
displaying, distributing, or posting of graphic or sexually suggestive objects,
pictures, cartoons, or graffiti by any means, including but not limited to,
computer networks, cell phones, iPads, or any other electronic device;
repeatedly subjecting a person to egregious, unwelcome sexual attention;
suggestive, insulting, or obscene comments or gestures;
punishing a refusal to comply with a sexual based request;
conditioning a benefit on submitting to sexual advances;
sexual or intimate partner violence;
gender-based stalking;
gender-based bullying.
Intimate Partner Violence
– Physical, verbal, emotional, financial, or psychological
abuse (e.g., threats of violence, intimidation) committed by a person who is or has
been in a relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence
of such a relationship will be determined based on consideration of the length of the
relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the
persons involved in the relationship.
– A course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a
reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial
emotional distress.
Understanding Consent
– Consent is an essential aspect of any sexual activity. Consent is clear,
knowing, and voluntary. Consent is active, not passive. Silence, in and of itself, cannot
be interpreted as consent. Consent can be given verbally or non-verbally, as long as
those words or actions create mutually understandable, clear permission regarding
willingness to engage in (and the conditions of) sexual activity. Consent to one form
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