Sexual Harassment Policy
South Baylo University strives to provide an environment in which the dignity and worth of the members of the school community are based on mutual respect. Sexual harassment is considered unprofessional conduct by employees and students and is unacceptable behavior. It will not be tolerated. South Baylo University is committed to an employment and academic environment that encourages excellence. This environment includes freedom from all forms of harassment for students, faculty, staff, and applicants who seek to join the University. Sexual harassment violates South Baylo University policies as well as local, state, and federal law. It is a violation of University policy for anyone to retaliate against an employee, student, or applicant who makes a claim of sexual harassment. Any person violating University policy on sexual harassment is subject to disciplinary action such as reprimand, suspension, or termination of employment or enrollment. The type of disciplinary action imposed will depend on the severity of the offense.
General Definition of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is an unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed towards a student, employee, or applicant seeking to join South Baylo University. When an individual is in a position to influence the education, employment, or participation in a school activity of another person, even apparent consensual sexual relationships often constitute sexual harassment. Sexual harassment occurs when any of the following circumstances exist:
- Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of a person’s status in a program for academic, employment, or admission decision.
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for academic decisions or employment decisions, or
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of “unreasonable interfering” with an employee’s work or student’s academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, coercive, and offensive work or educational environment. For purposes of this policy, “unreasonable interfering” is defined as improper, unjustifiable behavior going beyond what is appropriate, warranted, or natural.
- Sexual harassment is not limited to action by a supervisor or instructor but can include conduct by a coworker or student.