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Prohibited Harassment Policy
Pursuant to Baker College’s policy of equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination, the College will maintain working/educational environments for its employees/students that are free from prohibited harassment. Harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, or other protected characteristics is prohibited and against the policies of the College.
An example of prohibited harassment is sexual harassment. Sexual harassment involves the following: (a) making unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature a condition of employment/education; (b) making submission to or rejection of such conduct the basis for employment/ educational decisions; or (c) creating intimidating, offensive, or hostile working/educational environments by such conduct.
THE FOLLOWING ARE EXAMPLES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT:
VERBAL Sexual innuendos, suggestive comments, insults, threats, jokes about gender-specific traits, or sexual propositions.
NONVERBAL Making suggestive or insulting noises, leering, whistling, or making obscene gestures.
PHYSICAL Touching, pinching, brushing the body, coercing sexual intercourse, or assault.
Any student who believes he or she has been the subject of prohibited harassment should report the alleged conduct immediately to the campus Director of Student Affairs.
An investigation of any complaint will be undertaken immediately. The investigation and its results will remain confidential to the extent possible.
Any employee/student found by the College to have engaged in the prohibited harassment of an employee/student will be subject to appropriate disciplinary sanctions, ranging from a warning in his or her file up to and including termination/expulsion.
Retaliating or discriminating against an employee/student for complaining about prohibited harassment or participating in an investigation is prohibited.
The College recognizes that the issue of whether prohibited harassment has occurred requires a factual determination based on all of the evidence received. The College also recognizes that false accusations of harassment can have serious effects on innocent individuals. We trust that all employees/students will continue to act in a responsible and professional manner to establish pleasant working/educational environments free of discrimination and harassment.
Individuals who wish to file a complaint should complete the Baker College Complaint/Grievance form.
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