Westmont is committed to providing a learning and work environment free of unlawful harassment. In keeping with this commitment, the college prohibits and will not tolerate unlawful harassment because of sex, which includes sexual harassment (please see “sexual harassment” definition at the end of this section), gender harassment, and harassment due to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Neither will Westmont tolerate harassment because of race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, ordinance, or regulation. All such harassment is unlawful.
Prohibited unlawful harassment includes, but is not limited to, the following behavior:
• Verbal conduct such as epithets, derogatory jokes or comments, slurs, or unwanted sexual advances, invitations, or comments;
• Visual conduct such as derogatory and/or sexually-oriented posters, photography, cartoons, drawings, or gestures;
• Physical conduct such as sexually-oriented gestures, assault, unwanted touching, blocking normal movement, or interfering with work because of sex, race, or any other protected basis;
• Threats and demands to submit to sexual requests as a condition of continued employment or academic advancement, or to avoid some other loss, and offers of employment benefits in return for sexual favors;
• Retaliation for having reported or threatened to report harassment.
It is Westmont’s policy to prohibit unlawful harassment within the campus community of faculty, staff, students, and guests by any person and in any form, and to apply the procedures outlined below in responding to any complaints of harassment. (The procedures outlined here shall preempt any other procedures set forth in various handbooks that may be deemed inconsistent with these.)