Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace/Educational Environment

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To achieve the goal of maintaining a work/educational environment free from discrimination or harassment, the College strictly prohibits the conduct that is described in this policy. This is a zero tolerance policy. This means that the College reserves the right to take either disciplinary action, if appropriate, or other corrective action, to address any unacceptable conduct that violates this policy, regardless of whether the conduct satisfies the legal definition of discrimination or harassment.

This Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace/Educational Environment (this “Policy”) applies to all employees, including student employees with respect to conduct that arises out of their employment status, and applicants for employment at the College.

It is also a violation of this Policy to use derogatory or demeaning references regarding a person’s race, gender, age, religion, disability, affectional or sexual orientation, ethnic background, or any other protected category set forth in I(a) above, which have the effect of harassing an employee or student or creating a hostile work/educational environment. A violation of this Policy can occur even if there was no intent on the part of an individual to harass or demean another

Examples of Behaviors That May Constitute Prohibited Workplace Discrimination or Harassment Include, But Are Not Limited To: … Calling an individual by an unwanted nickname that refers to one or more of the above protected categories, or telling jokes pertaining to one or more protected categories; Using derogatory references with regard to any of the protected categories in any communication; … Displaying or distributing material (including electronic communications) in the workplace/educational environment that contains derogatory or demeaning language or images pertaining to any of the protected categories ….

Examples of prohibited behaviors that may constitute sexual harassment and are therefore a violation of this Policy include, but are not limited to: Generalized gender-based remarks and comments; … Verbal, written, or electronically sexually suggestive or obscene comments, jokes or propositions including letters, notes, e-mail, text messages, invitations, gestures or inappropriate comments about a person’s clothing; … Visual contact, such as leering or staring at another’s body; gesturing; displaying sexually suggestive objects, cartoons, posters, magazines or pictures of scantily-clad individuals; or displaying sexually suggestive material on a bulletin board, on a locker room wall, or on a screen saver …

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