General: Sexual harassment is unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex and is a
form of misconduct which undermines the integrity of the employment and student relationship.
All students, faculty and staff must be allowed to work in an environment free from
unsolicited and unwelcome sexual overtures. Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional
compliments. It refers to behavior which is not welcome, which is personally offensive,
which weakens morale, and which, therefore, interferes with the academic or work effectiveness
of its victims as well as co-workers and students.
The College is committed to providing a safe, healthy environment for all students, employees and individuals associated with the College, one which promotes respect, dignity, and equality. It is the purpose of this policy to create and preserve an educational environment free from unlawful sexual harassment and/or discrimination on the basis of sex.
The following general policy statements apply:
Sexual harassment encompasses any unwanted sexual attention. Examples of behavior encompassed by the above policy include, but are not limited to, the following:
The Policy will also be published in student registration materials and other appropriate College publications, as directed by the President.
All new employees will receive information about this policy at new employee orientation. All other employees must periodically be provided information regarding this policy, its related procedures and the College’s commitment to a harassment-free learning and working environment.
Supervisors and managers who have specific responsibilities for investigating and resolving complaints of sexual harassment are to receive periodic training on this Policy and related legal developments. Individuals acting in a supervisory role must avoid any apparent or actual conflict between their professional responsibilities and personal relationships with those they supervise or who are in their chain of command. Engaging in romantic or sexual relationships with persons reporting to a supervisor or in the supervisor’s chain of command constitutes unprofessional conduct subject to discipline, up to and including discharge, in accordance with the terms of an applicable collective bargaining agreement.
Members of the College community are responsible for knowing and understanding the College’s Policy prohibiting sexual harassment. Faculty and staff who do not understand the Policy must contact their immediate supervisor. Supervisors and all others who need assistance in understanding, interpreting or applying the policy must contact the Office of Human Resources for clarification.
Each employee in a supervisory position has the responsibility to prevent illegal activity and must treat every complaint of sexual harassment seriously. Supervisors are required to immediately report incidences or complaints of sexual harassment to the Office of Human Resources. Any employee who is aware of sexually offensive behavior is also required to report this behavior to the Office of Human Resources.
LEGAL REF: 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq., MCL 37.2101 et seq., as amendedReviewed: June 22, 2009
General: Discrimination and/or harassment based on an individual's gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, religion, or any other legally protected characteristic will not be tolerated.
Discrimination includes but is not limited to, harassment and treating an employee or student differently because of an individual’s legally protected characteristic.
Harassment includes but is not limited to, offensive language, words, jokes, or other verbal, graphic or physical conduct, whether overt or subtle, direct or indirect, deliberate or unintentional, that is known, or ought reasonably be known, to be offensive and/or unwelcome.
The following basic policy statements apply:
LEGAL REF: 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq., MCL 37.2101 et seq., as amendedReviewed: August 17, 2009