Sexual Harrassment Policy
Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) has an obligation to its students and employees to maintain a working and learning environment free from sexual harassment or harassment of any kind, including intimidation or hostility based on race, color, gender, religion, national origin, military status, age, or physical or mental disability. The existence of such harassment is counter to College policy and is illegal and subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
Sexual harassment consists of verbal (oral or written) or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or educational benefits; or submission to or rejection of such conduct is a basis for an academic or employment decision affecting the individual; or such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance; or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational, work or living environment; and such conduct was either known by the actor to be unwelcome, harmful, or offensive; or a person of reasonable sensibilities would have clearly understood such conduct to be unwelcome, harmful, or offensive.
Other illegal harassment consists of deliberate or repeated unsolicited and unwelcome comments on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, or physical or mental disability of such a nature as to create an offensive, hostile, or intimidating work or learning environment.
Managers, supervisors, and instructors are required to actively prevent and eliminate sexual harassment and all other forms of illegal harassment within their areas of responsibility. As well, each employee will be held personally responsible for compliance with these policies. Prompt and remedial action will be taken upon discovery of harassment.
If a student, employee, or any other person believes he or she has been the subject of sexual harassment, the grievance process is a mechanism for redress. All grievants must contact the Affirmative Action Officer to proceed under the Affirmative Action Policy’s Grievance and Hearing Procedure. Contact the Dean of Finance & Administration at 453-5123. Reasonable efforts will be made to maintain confidentiality.
The full Sexual Harrassment Policy may be accessed by selecting this link.