CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY’S SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

Central Connecticut State University is committed to providing a learning and working environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community, free from discriminatory conduct or communication. Sexual harassment in any form will not be tolerated.

It is the responsibility of the University President to maintain a learning and working environment free of sexual harassment and intimidation. The Chief Diversity Officer has been designated as the coordinator for investigations and enforcement of the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy.

Deans, directors, department heads, chairpersons, and supervisors share responsibility for the implementation of the University policy in regard to sexual harassment in their units. Accountability for compliance with this policy, as with all other University policies, will be part of their regular performance evaluation. Other persons who suspect sexual harassment should report it an appropriate person in their unit or to the Chief Diversity Officer.

This policy shall apply to all individuals affiliated with Central Connecticut State University, including but not limited to, its students, employees, volunteers, and agents, and is intended to protect the rights and privacy of both the complainant and respondent and other involved individuals, as well as to prevent retaliation or reprisal. Individuals who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary or other corrective action.

Definitions

Sexual Harassment. For the purpose of this policy “sexual harassment” is defined as 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 education, evaluation of a student's academic performance, or term or condition of participation in student activities or in other events or activities sanctioned by the university; or

2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions or other decisions about participation in student activities or other events or activities sanctioned by the university; 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 educational environment.

Sexual Harassment and Violence as Sexual Abuse. Under certain circumstances, sexual harassment or violence may constitute sexual abuse according to Connecticut law. Nothing in this policy will prohibit the University from taking immediate action to protect victims of alleged sexual abuse. Central Connecticut State University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy addresses sexual violence.

Retaliation. Retaliation is subjecting a person to an adverse employment or educational action because he or she made a complaint under this policy or assisted or participated in any manner in an investigation under this policy.

Investigation

In determining whether alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment, the University will look at the totality of circumstances, including the nature of the conduct and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. The determination that the conduct violates University policy will be made on a case-by-case basis. The preponderance of the evidence standard will be used to make the final determination. The University will take immediate and appropriate corrective action based on the findings in each case. As appropriate, the case may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct or the Human Resources Office. Violations of this policy may lead to disciplinary action up to and including academic dismissal or termination of employment.

Retaliation

Retaliation as defined in this policy is prohibited. Any individual subject to this policy who intentionally engages in retaliation may be subject to disciplinary or other corrective action as appropriate.

All members of the Central Connecticut State University’s community are expected to conduct themselves in keeping with the policy of prohibiting sexual harassment.

 

Related policies and procedures:

CCSU Procedures and Timetables for Processing of Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Complaints

Nondiscrimination in Education and Employment Policy

Policy on Consensual Relationships between Employees of the Connecticut State University System

Policy on Consensual Relationships between Employees and Students of the Connecticut State University System

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Student Code of Conduct and Statement of Disciplinary Procedures

Complaint form