Navarro College will not condone any form of harassment, intimidation, or bullying in the college setting and takes appropriate corrective, disciplinary and remedial action in response to such determined incidents.
Harassment consists of unwelcomed conduct, whether verbal, physical or visual, that is based upon a person’s protected status, such as sex, color, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, physical or mental condition or disability, veteran status, citizenship status, or other protected group status. Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone from or in the work or educational setting, under any of the following conditions:
• Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or a condition of an individual’s employment, academic status, or progress.
• Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of employment or an academic decision affecting the individual.
• The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual’s work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
• Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the educational institution.
For the purpose of further clarification, harassment/sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to:
• Making unsolicited written, verbal, visual or physical contact with sexual overtones.
Some examples are: epithets, derogatory comments or slurs of a sexual nature impeding or blocking movements or any physical interference with normal work; derogatory posters or cartoons.
• Continuing to express sexual interest after being informed that the interest is unwelcomed. (Reciprocal attraction is not considered sexual harassment!)
• Within the work environment, engaging in explicit or implicit coercive sexual behavior which controls, influences, or affects the career, salary and/or work environment or any other term or condition of employment; within the education environment, engaging in explicit or implicit coercive sexual behavior which controls, influences, or affects the educational opportunities, grades and/or learning environment of the student.
• Making reprisals, threats of reprisal, or implied threats of reprisal following a negative response to a sexual advance. For example, within the work environment, either suggesting or actually withholding support for an appointment, promotion, or change of assignment; suggesting a poor performance report will be prepared, or suggesting that a probationary period will be exploited. Within the educational environment, either suggesting or actually withholding grades earned or deserved; suggesting that a scholarship recommendation or college application will be denied.
• Offering favors or educational or employment benefits, such as grades or promotion, favorable performance valuations, favorable assignments, favorable duties or shifts, recommendation, reclassification, etc., in exchange for sexual favors.
In addition, Navarro College defines “intimidation and bullying in the college setting” as the following: any gesture or written, verbal or physical act, or any use of electronic communication that:
a) is motivated by an actual or perceived discriminating characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability or any other distinguishing characteristic, and
b) a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, that the acts(s) will have the effect of harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his person or damage to his property; or
c) has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students in such a way as to cause substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly, civil, and safe operation of the institution and/or the learning environment.
Any student with a concern of this nature should immediately consult the Vice President of Student Services and follow the student grievance procedures as described in the current Navarro College Student Handbook. Accordingly, any faculty or staff member who feels threatened by similar incidents should follow the grievance procedures outlined in the Navarro College Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual and should report such incidents in a timely manner.