Forsyth Technical Community College is committed to promoting an atmosphere in which all members of the College – faculty, staff, and students – may work in an atmosphere free of sexual harassment and therefore provides for an orderly resolution of complaints of sexual harassment.

All members of the College are expected and requested to conduct themselves in such a way that contributes to an atmosphere free of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment of any employee or student is a violation of the policies of the College, as well as state and federal law, and will not be tolerated.  Anyone who violates this policy will be disciplined in accordance with appropriate disciplinary procedures.

Sexual harassment is defined as deliberate, unsolicited, unwelcome verbal and/or physical conduct of a sexual nature or with sexual implications made by any employee or student when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a condition of an individual’s employment and academic or student status; or
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions or decisions regarding a receipt of grades affecting that individual; and
  3. Such conduct is sufficiently severe and pervasive from both a subjective perspective (i.e., the recipient’s view) and an objective perspective (i.e., a reasonable person’s view) that it interferes with an individual’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment in the workplace or the classroom.

Sexually harassing behavior may include offensive sexual flirtation, advances, propositions; continued or repeated abuse of a sexual nature; graphic verbal commentary about an individual’s body; sexually degrading words used to describe an individual; and the display in the workplace or on campus of sexually suggestive objects or pictures.

If there is a question as to whether a certain action or statement constitutes sexual harassment, the College will apply to the facts of the case the standard of behavior of a reasonable person in a similar circumstance.  As to actions over which reasonable people might differ, if a request to stop the behavior is made known, there is an expectation that the offensive behavior should cease or be modified immediately. (1991 OCR Policy Memorandum).

All full- and part- time faculty and staff are required to sign a statement acknowledging the College’s policy on Title IX Compliance and Sexual Harassment.

Any student or employee who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment in violation of this policy should file a confidential complaint to the Vice President for Student Development Services (for students) or the Director of Human Resources (for employees).  An investigation of these allegations will be conducted promptly and appropriate action taken.

 

Approved by the Board of Trustees on August 25, 2016.