Policy No. 809

Area: Human Resources

Description: Sexual Harassment

Adopted: 04/23/96
Revision Approved: 7/28/09

The sex discrimination provisions of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace. However, due to continued complaints and court cases, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidelines that define sexual harassment and an employer's responsibilities and liabilities under the Act. Sexual harassment in the classroom or in student-related activities is prohibited by the sex discrimination provisions of Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendment. The Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, has enforcement responsibility for Title IX.

The EEOC has defined harassment on the basis of sex as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct... when
(1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, evaluation or grade;
(2) basis for employment, evaluation or grade decisions affecting such individuals; or
(3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's work or school performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment.

The college seeks an environment for work and study which permits each employee and student to pursue an education or career in which they can progress on their merit and ability without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, or sex. Atlantic Cape Community College will not condone sexual harassment by any student, campus visitor or member of the faculty or staff, within the scope of their college responsibilities.


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