Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment Policy

University of Nebraska at Kearney - March 1995

The University of Nebraska at Kearney reaffirms that all women and men -- students, staff, faculty and administrators -- are to be treated fairly and equally with dignity and respect. Any form of discrimination, including sexual harassment, is prohibited.

Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic standing, or
2) submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual, or
3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment.

Sexual harassment does not include personal compliments welcomed by the recipient and social interaction or relationships freely entered into by students, employees, or prospective employees; however, the potential for sexual harassment even in consensual relationships must be recognized, especially in situations where a professional power differential exists (e.g., administrator/student, faculty/student, supervisor/employee, tenured/non-tenured faculty.) Sexual harassment does not include behavior which is considered to be appropriate to an academic discipline for the purpose of instruction or individual safety.

Sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the work or academic environment, nor will acts of sexual harassment be permitted outside the work or academic environment if such acts affect the normal work or academic environment.

Inquiries or complaints about sexual harassment and this policy may be made to University representatives and will not be acted upon until an informal or formal complaint is made.  (However some incidences are reportable as violations of the Clery Act, confidentiality can be maintained). Persons designated to receive inquiries are the Dean of Student Affairs or the Director of Human Resources, both located in Founders Hall, or any Director, Department Chair, Dean or Vice Chancellor.

For information regarding sexual harassment complaints or grievances refer to the University of Nebraska at Kearney Grievance Procedures Relating to Alleged Prohibited Discrimination.

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