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Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It occurs when unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other words or physical actions of a sexual nature are made. It can also involve making or threatening to make decisions affecting a student's grade or an employee's job based on sexual conduct.

Behavior typically identified as sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, the following: verbal abuse of a sexual nature; sexual remarks about a person or his/her clothing; demands for sexual favors; unwanted and unwarranted sexual touching, pinching, or brushing against another's body; inappropriate physical exposure and physical assault.

It is the policy of the college to provide a work and study environment free of sexual harassment. All employees and students should be aware that any conduct that constitutes sexual harassment will not be tolerated and disciplinary measures will be taken to ensure compliance. All complaints will be investigated and appropriate action taken. Complaints should be reported immediately to the Human Resources Staff Diversity/Compliance Officer.

Managers and supervisors have an obligation to maintain a positive and productive study and work environment for students and staff. They are expected to halt any harassment by calling attention to this policy or, if necessary, by taking more direct disciplinary action.

Some direct actions you may take:
SAY NO. Let the harasser know you are uncomfortable with his/her behavior and want the behavior stopped.
KEEP A RECORD. Keep track of specific dates, times, places, offending behaviors and witnesses to assist you in supporting a complaint.
TELL SOMEONE. Talk to other students or co-workers. You are probably not alone in thinking the harasser's behavior is wrong.
REPORT THE BEHAVIOR. Tell your supervisor or the harasser's supervisor. Contact a college administrator or the Staff Diversity/Compliance Officer.
FILE A COMPLAINT. If a person believes he or she has suffered from sexual harassment, informal or formal procedures can be used to file a complaint. Contact the Human Resources Staff Diversity/Compliance Officer, Office of Human Resources, Administration Building, (626) 914-8830.
 
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