C-9: Sexual Harassment

Adoption Date: 03/16/92  |  Revision Date: 05/18/98  |  Revision Date: 08/26/08

Prairie State College shall support and protect the right of all employees and students to work and learn in an environment free from unsolicited and unwelcome sexual overtures. Sexual harassment is, therefore, unacceptable conduct for College employees and students and is subject to sanctions and disciplinary actions up to and including dismissal or expulsion. Sexual harassment is illegal under state and federal law.

Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of an unwelcome, sexual nature shall constitute sexual harassment. Typically, sexual harassment occurs when such conduct would be deemed hostile or abusive by a reasonable person, and/or when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or education;
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting an employee/student;
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with professional or academic performance; and/or
  4. Such conduct creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, educational or living environment.

A violation of this policy may result in discipline up to, and including, discharge, suspension or expulsion. Any person making a knowingly false accusation regarding sexual harassment will likewise be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge, suspension or expulsion.

The College President shall be responsible for causing administrative procedures to be developed by which an employee or student may file a complaint based upon perceived sexual harassment conduct; such practices shall be developed to protect the confidentiality of complaints and responses pending disciplinary action.

Information and communication of this policy shall be made a part of the orientation materials for employees and students and shall be published in appropriate College documents for the information of employees and students. Furthermore, the President shall be authorized to initiate the development of employee codes of conduct, the inclusion of sexual harassment policy statements in negotiated agreements and grants, and the further dissemination of the policy through appropriate student and employee awareness programs.