Student Sexual Harassment Policy

Hesston College is committed to providing an academic environment that will foster excellence. Because sexual harassment violates the trust and respect necessary for the preservation of an environment of excellence, and because sexual harassment is a form of discrimination, any act of sexual harassment is specifically prohibited. (Note that policies and procedures are under continual review. Contact the vice president of Student Life for additions to this policy.)

This policy has two purposes: 1) to insure that no student sexually harasses another, and 2) to make clear to the campus community that sexual harassment is a violation of the law (Sec. 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Title IX Education Amendment of 1972) and will not be tolerated by the college, its administrators or its Board of Overseers. This policy is not in place to regulate students’ personal lives or to interfere with their social relationships.

The term “sexual harassment” applies to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct. To avoid situations in which one could be accused of sexual harassment, one should avoid all such conduct. Unwelcome comments, gestures or physical contact which are experienced by the recipient as either unwanted sexual advances or demeaning to his or her gender or sexuality effectively create an intimidating, hostile or offensive study or work environment. Such offensive conduct prohibits the establishment of an environment that is free of discrimination.

Hesston College wishes to establish an environment in which the following conditions are specifically prohibited:

  1. The necessity for individuals to submit to unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature made either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education.
  2. Submission to or rejection of unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature are used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting an individual.
  3. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which affect an individual’s work or academic performance.

This prohibition against sexual harassment applies equally to co-workers, supervisory personnel and to non-employees admitted to college premises. Violation of this policy or the Hesston College Policy Statement on Sexual Harassment will result in disciplinary action.

Formal and Informal Responses to Sexual Harassment. If appropriate or whenever possible, the recipient should make clear to the offending party that the behavior in question is offensive. If the offensive behavior continues, the recipient should report the incident(s) by filing a complaint with the vice president of Student Life. The vice president of student life will then report the incident(s) to the Student Development Committee. In the case that the vice president of Student Life is the recipient or the offending party, the recipient should file his or her complaint with the Student Development Committee.

The vice president of Student Life or Student Development Committee (whomever the recipient files the complaint with) shall give immediate attention to any such complaint. Upon receiving a complaint of sexual harassment, the Student Development Committee shall interview the complainant and investigate the complaint fully. Such an investigation shall include interviews with all parties and witnesses named in the complaint. If the investigation reveals that the complaint is valid, the Student Development Committee shall take such disciplinary action as is appropriate to immediately stop such harassment and prevent its recurrence.

Handbook 2013-14