V603.01.01 SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

The policy of Valley City State University (VCSU) is to provide an environment free of sexual harassment. Harassment may include sex-oriented remarks or jokes, pressures or demands for sexual favors, implied or overt promises or threats, or any unwelcome conduct with sexual overtones.

Sexual harassment generally occurs in supervisor/subordinate, or peer/co-workers situations. Any supervisor using implicit or explicit sexual behavior to control or affect any aspect of the job of a subordinate is engaging in sexual harassment. Such action shall be reported to the next level supervisor or the Human Resource office. Individuals experiencing harassment from co-workers shall make it clear that such behavior is offensive and unwanted. If this does not resolve the problem, the appropriate supervisor must be notified. Supervisors are expected to resolve this situation by: 1) referencing this policy, or 2) more direct disciplinary action if necessary.

Valley City State University does not tolerate sexual harassment. Disciplinary action can and will be taken against any employee who engages in sexual harassment. An individual making a false accusation may also be subject to disciplinary action.

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Sponsored by: Human Resources Director
Approved by: Loss Control Committee
Reviewed: Winter 1996
Revised: Winter 2005
Revised: November 2009