Sexual harassment is verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an employee, student, or group of employees or students because of his or her gender and that:
1. Has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment; or
2. Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance of duties or studies; or
3. Otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment or academic opportunities.
Harassing conduct includes (1) epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, threatening intimidation, or hostile acts that relate to gender; and (2) written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of gender and that is placed on walls, bulletin boards, elsewhere on College District premises, or is circulated in the work place.
Employees shall not engage in conduct constituting sexual harassment. College District officials or their agents shall investigate all allegations of sexual harassment and officials shall take prompt and appropriate disciplinary action against employees found to engage in conduct constituting sexual harassment.
An employee or student who believes he or she has been or is being subjected to any form of sexual harassment shall bring the matter to the attention of the appropriate dean or their immediate supervisor, in accordance with the procedures in the College District’s grievance policy. [See DGBA(LOCAL)] However no procedure or step in that policy shall have the effect of requiring the employee or student alleging harassment to present the matter to a person who is the subject of the complaint, nor shall a sexual harassment complaint be dismissed because it is not filed within the time lines set out in DGBA(LOCAL).
It is the policy of the College to provide a work environment free from oppression, harassment and hostility.