DDA. Sexual Harassment Policy
Harassment, including sexual harassment, is contrary to basic standards of conduct between individuals and is prohibited by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state regulations. Any employee who engages in any of the acts or behavior defined below violates College policy, and such misconduct will subject an employee to corrective action up to and including immediate discharge.
This policy applies to employees of South Plains College in their interaction with other employees and students. Furthermore, executive management at each College location will establish appropriate procedures to insure that non-employees (vendors, contractors, trades people, etc.) on College premises are also made aware of the intent of this policy.
Employees who feel they have been discriminated against on the basis of gender, or sexually or in any other manner harassed, should immediately report such incidents, following the procedure described below, without fear of reprisal. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent permitted by the circumstances.
Harassment. Verbal, physical or visual conduct of a racial, ethnic or other type which, in the employee's opinion, impairs his or her ability to perform the job.
Sexual Harassment. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This definition encompasses many forms of offensive behavior, including gender-based harassment of a person of the same gender as the harasser, conduct of a sexual nature that creates an offensive, intimidating or hostile work environment; and coerced sexual conduct by a person in a position of authority in the workplace. Examples of prohibited sexual harassment include:
- unwelcome sexual flirtation or advances.
- offering employment, promotions or other benefits in exchange for sexual favors.
- making or threatening reprisals for refusing sexual advances.
- visual conduct such as leering; making sexual gestures; displaying sexually suggestive objects or pictures; cartoons or posters; suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations.
- verbal conduct such as derogatory comments; epithets; slurs; sexual innuendo; sexual jokes; graphic verbal commentaries about an individual's body; sexually degrading words used to describe an individual.
- physical conduct such as unwanted, suggestive or offensive touching; assault; impeding or blocking movement.
Sexual or other forms of harassment of an employee or student by any College employee, regardless of position, will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment by a non-employee, for example, a customer, vendor or supplier, is also prohibited.
Employee: Any employee of the College.
Student: An individual enrolled in any credit or non-credit course at South Plains College.
Complaints of harassment of any type will be handled through the College’s Grievance Procedure policy, which provides several options and a specific process by which an employee or student may initiate action on a job or instructional related complaint.
Approved by: Executive Council
Nature of Revision: Consolidation
Date Issued: 11/97