Sexual Harassment

Glen Oaks Community College is committed to creating and maintaining a working and learning environment for all college personnel and students that is free of sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment is a barrier to an environment which is conducive to academic achievement. It is a form of sex discrimination and will not be tolerated.

The college intends to maintain an environment which supports, nurtures and rewards career and educational goals on the basis of such relevant factors as ability and work performance.

Definition of Sexual Harassment
“Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communications of a sexual nature when:

  1. Submission to such conduct or communication is made a term or condition either explicitly or implicitly to obtain employment or education.
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting such individual’s employment or education.
  3. Such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of unreasonable interference with an individual’s employment, or education, or creation of an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.”

For the purpose of the above regulation the college interprets unwelcome to mean:

  1. Conduct or communication which a reasonable person in a similar circumstance would consider unwelcome.
  2. Conduct or communication which continues after notice is given that the conduct or communication is unwelcome.


Examples of Sexual Harassment:

  • Verbal harassment or abuse
  • Subtle pressure for sexual activity
  • Sexist remarks about a person’s clothing, body or sexual activities
  • Derogatory, dehumanizing, or stereotyped remarks about a specific gender that express contempt or make assumptions about abilities or ambitions
  • Unnecessary touching, patting or pinching
  • Leering or ogling of a person’s body
  • Constant brushing against a person’s body
  • Demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning one’s job, grades, letter of recommendation, etc.
  • Physical assault

The college will take prompt action on all complaints.

Informal Procedures:

  1. The employee or student should first discuss his/her grievance with their immediate supervisor or advisor.
  2. If the grievance remains unresolved, the grievant may discuss the grievance with the Title IX Coordinator.
  3. The Title IX Coordinator shall discuss that matter with all of the parties involved and attempt to reach a decision that will resolve the matter.
  4. In the event that any alleged grievance is not satisfactorily adjusted in the preliminary stage, the grievant shall file a written grievance with the Title IX Coordinator (grievance forms may be obtained from the Title IX Coordinator).