Sexual harassment prevention policy

Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy Implementing Statement

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which is illegal under state and federal law, and is also prohibited by the College's Nondiscrimination Policy. The College recognizes that sexual harassment undermines the integrity of employer-employee and student-faculty-staff relationships, and interferes with the right of all members of the College community to work and learn in an environment free from harassment. Such conduct will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment may be described as:

Any unwelcome sexual advance or request for sexual favors or any conduct of a sexual nature when

  1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education,
  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment  or academic decisions affecting the individual, or
  3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or educational environment.

Examples of sexual harassment:

Sexual harassment may be verbal, visual or physical. It may be overt or implicit and may, but need not, have tangible adverse effects on the victim's employment or learning experience. Conduct which may constitute sexual harassment include but are not limited to:

  • sexual flirtation, touching, advances or propositions
  • verbal abuse of a sexual nature
  • pressure to engage in sexual activity
  • graphic or suggestive comments about an individual's dress or appearance
  • use of sexually degrading words to describe an individual 
  • display of sexually suggestive objects, pictures or photographs
  • sexual jokes
  • stereotypic comments based upon gender
  • threats, demands or suggestions that retention of one's employment or educational status is contingent upon toleration of or acquiescence in sexual advances.

Faculty, Employees, and Students covered by statement:

The perpetrator of sexual harassment, like the victim of such conduct, may be a man or a woman. Sexual harassment may involve individuals of the same or opposite sex and, in the College environment may involve an employee and a student, an employee and another employee or a student and another student. Harassment in any of these relationships is a violation of the College's policy.

Because of the power relationship between faculty and student, and between supervisor and subordinate employee, freedom of choice may be compromised in such relationships. Accordingly, this policy holds that where a faculty member or professional staff member has responsibility for a student through teaching, advising, supervision or other obligation, romantic or sexual liaisons between such persons shall be deemed a violation of this policy. Romantic or sexual liaisons between supervisors and subordinate employees, while not prohibited, are strongly discouraged.

It should be noted, additionally, that retaliation against a person, for complaining or being associated in any way with the resolution of a complaint of sexual harassment, also violates College policy.

What to do if you are the victim of sexual harassment:

  • Employees may report incidents of sexual harassment to the Dean of the area of the College in which the individual is employed, the College's Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, the Director of Human Resources and Labor  Relations, or the President of the College. Ronald Clymer is the college's Equal Employment Opportunity Officer. His office is located in Kinney Hall, Room 702A, and the telephone number is (203) 575-8110.  Kimberly Carolina is the Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations.  Her office is located in Kinney Hall, Room 704B, and the telephone number is (203) 575-8056.  Daisy Cocco De Filippis is the President of the College.  Her office is located in Kinney Hall, Room K703B, and the telephone number is (203) 575-8044.
  • Students may report incidents of sexual harassment to the Dean of Student Services or to such other College official as the President may have designated. The Dean of Student Services is Sarah Gager.  Her office is located at Kinney Hall, Room 509A, and the telephone number is (203) 575-8086. Nothing shall prevent students from speaking to a College counselor about their concerns. However, such communication is not a substitute for filing a complaint of sexual harassment with an appropriate College designee.
  • A claim that  an employee of a third party contractor has engaged in sexual harassment on College premises or in connection with the performance of the third party contract should be reported immediately to either the Provost and Senior Dean of Administration or to the President for appropriate follow-up action. The Provost and Senior Dean of Administration is James Troup. His office is located at Kinney Hall, Room K706B, and the telephone number is (203) 575-8220.
  • All complaints of sexual harassment may be filed with the Title IX Coordinator.  The Title IX Coordinator is Jacquie Swanson, Associate Director of Human Resources. Her office is located at Kinney Hall, Room K704C, and the telephone number is (203) 575-8043.
  • If complainant is under the age of eighteen (18) the BOR Policy Regarding Suspected Abuse or Neglect of a Child must be followed.
Complaint Process:

It is the responsibility of the College official who receives the complaint to notify the Title IX Coordinator and to keep him/her informed throughout the process. Depending on the nature of the complaint and the desires of the complainant, the College official to whom the complaint has been made may attempt to resolve the complaint informally.  Any informal resolution of a complaint must be approved by the College President. No person shall be forced to pursue informal avenues of resolution before filing a formal complaint of sexual harassment. If informal resolution is not possible or appropriate, a written complaint should be filed in accordance with the existing Discrimination Complaint Process for employees or Student Grievance Procedure for students. The grievant and respondent will be notified of the outcome.

All complaints of sexual harassment shall be taken seriously. It is expected that complaints will be made in good faith, however. Frivolous or vexatious complaints can cause irremediable damage to the reputation of an accused person, even though he or she is subsequently vindicated. Therefore, any person who files a false complaint of sexual harassment  shall himself or herself be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination if an employee, or expulsion if a student.  The rights of complainants  and alleged harassers will be respected and, to the extent possible, the confidentiality of all parties will be protected, however, complete anonymity cannot be assured. Complainants are protected from retaliation of any kind.

In addition to invoking the appropriate grievance procedure, an employee may file a complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities in Hartford, CT., and/or the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Regional Office in Boston, MA within 180 calendar days of when the alleged harassment occurred. A student may file a complaint with the federal Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education Regional Office in Boston, MA.

Publication:

This document will be included in the Employees’ Policy and Procedures Manual, and placed in the College’s Weekly Bulletin, as well as available on the NVCC website. Notice of the College’s policy against sexual harassment also shall be given to any independent contractor with whom the College has a business relationship, as a mandatory part of that contract.

Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.
President
Naugatuck Valley Community College

 

Ronald Clymer
Equal Employment Opportunity (Affirmative Action) Officer
rclymer@nv.edu
203-575-8110 (p)
203-575-8124 (f)
Room: K702A
Kinney Hall
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
Sexual harassment policy

Sexual Harassment Policy

It is the policy of Naugatuck Valley Community College to prohibit "sexual harassment." Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is illegal under state and federal law and is also prohibited by the College's Nondiscrimination Policy. Sexual harassment is defined as:

Any unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or any conduct of a sexual nature when 

  1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education, 
  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions affecting the individual, or 
  3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment environment.

Also prohibited is any romantic/sexual  liaison between a professional or classified staff member and a student for whom that staff member has a teaching, advisory or other supervisory responsibility. 

Sexual harassment may be verbal, visual or physical. It may be overt or implicit and may, but need not, have tangible adverse effects on the victim's employment or learning experience. The perpetrator of sexual harassment, like the victim of such conduct, may be a man or a woman.  It may involve individuals of the same or opposite sex. This college will not tolerate sexual harassment in any form. All employees shall be responsible and accountable for maintaining an environment free from sexual harassment. Any employee or agent found to have engaged in sexual harassment as defined above will be subject to serious disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

Employees may report incidents of sexual harassment to the Dean of the area of the College in which the individual is employed, the College's Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, the Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations, or the President of the College. Ronald Clymer is the college's Equal Employment Opportunity Officer. His office is located in Kinney Hall, Room K702A, and the telephone number is (203) 575-8110. Kimberly Carolina is the Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations. Her office is located in Kinney Hall, Room K704B, and the telephone number is (203) 575-8056. Daisy Cocco De Filippis is the President of the College. Her office is located in Kinney Hall, Room K703B, and the telephone number is (203) 575-8044.

Students may report incidents of sexual harassment to the Dean of Student Services or to such other College official as the President may have designated. The Dean of Student Services is Sarah Gager. Her office is located at Kinney Hall, Room K509A, and the telephone number is (203) 575-8086. Nothing shall prevent students from speaking to a College counselor about their concerns. However, such communication is not a substitute for filing a complaint of sexual harassment with an appropriate College designee.

Concerns or complaints dealing with third party vendors or contractors should be directed to the Provost and Senior Dean of Administration, James Troup or to the President for appropriate follow-up action. The Provost's office is located at Kinney Hall, Room K706B and the telephone number is (203) 575-8220.

All complaints of sexual harassment may be filed with the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator is Jacquie Swanson, Associate Director of Human Resources. Her office is located at Kinney Hall, Room K704C, and the telephone number is (203) 575-8043.

Sincerely,

Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.
President
Naugatuck Valley Community College

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