HARASSMENT POLICY AND COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
Butler Community College expects ALL administration, faculty, staff and students to behave in a manner that supports a positive educational environment for all. Butler Community College prohibits any form of harassment based on racial, religious, sexual, national origin, age, disability and/or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law. Butler also prohibits any type of retaliation against any participant in an investigation of harassment. For purposes of this policy, these prohibitions also apply to Butler Community College Trustees, agents, volunteers, contractors, or persons subject to the supervision and control of Butler Community College.Â
Prohibited Sexual Harassment under Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972:
Harassment that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively bars the student’s access to educational opportunity and benefit.
Prohibited Sexual Harassment under Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 as to Students Employed by the College:
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
Sexual harassment may include but is not limited to:
Gender harassment: generalized sexist statements and/or behavior that convey insulting or degrading attitudes about men or women.Â Examples include:
Seductive behavior: unwanted, inappropriate, and offensive sexual advances. Examples include repeated unwanted sexually invitations, insistent requests for dinner, drinks or dates, persistent letters, telephone calls, text messages and other invitations; performing sexual gestures or touching oneself sexually in front of others.
Sexual bribery: solicitation of sexual activity or other sex-linked behavior by promising a reward (pay raise, promotion, class grade etc.) for performing the activity or behavior or is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively bars the student’s access to educational opportunity and benefit. The proposition may be either overt or subtle.
Sexual coercion: coercion of sexual activity or other sex-linked behavior by threat of punishment. Examples include negative performance evaluations, withholding promotions, threats of termination, or a failing or lower grade or so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that the conduct effectively bars the student’s access to educational opportunity and benefit.
Sexual imposing conduct: deliberate assaults or molestation, or unwanted physical contact such as patting, pinching, “friendly” arms around the shoulder, or intentionally brushing against another person’s body.
Prohibited Racial, National Origin, and Disability Harassment. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in an educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Equal educational opportunities are also provided for persons with disabilities in compliance with federal regulations (Section 504 and ADA). Physical or verbal conduct relating to student’s race, color, national origin, and/or disability when the conduct
Procedure for handling complaint:
Butler Community College is committed to providing its students an educational environment free of unlawful discrimination. If a student believes he or she has been the victim of harassment, the student should contact the Dean of Student Life.
Depending upon the circumstances, the College encourages students who believe they are being subjected to any form of harassment to promptly advise the offender that his or her behavior is unwelcome and to request that it cease. However, the College recognizes that a student may not be comfortable doing this, and is not required to do so. Whether or not the matter is discussed with the offender, when it is reported there will be an investigation as outlined below:
Dean of Student Life
BOE 1000 Building
Title IX Coordinator/Internal Auditor
BOE 900 Building
2. At the beginning of the investigation, a Harassment Complain Form will be filled out by the complainant and/or one of the above administrators.
3. The Dean of Student Life shall coordinate an appropriate investigation, which ordinarily will be completed within seven (7) calendar days of the receipt of the written complaint. The student / complainant will be informed if any extenuating circumstances delay the investigation.
Effective January 2012
Butler Community College
Harassment Complaint Form
Today’s Date: ___________________
Complainant’s Name: _______________________________________________________
City: __________________ State: __________________ Zip Code: _______________
Cell Phone Number: __________________________
Date of Harassment: _____________________
Specifics of complaint (describe in detail the nature of the alleged incident, including the name(s) of those responsible for the alleged incident(s) (if known), when and where the alleged incident(s) occurred, describe what occurred, provide the name(s) and contact information of any witnesses(s) (if known), and any additional information that you feel is relevant to the alleged incident.) Attach additional page(s) evidence, if necessary.
Signature of Complainant