Chapter Six: Statutory Compliance
 
Procedure Title: Sexual Harassment
Based On: Board Policy 3
Procedure Number: 6.08
Date Adopted/Revised: June 25, 2001; November 21, 2006; May 15, 2007; July 27, 2016
  1. Policy Statement

    It is a violation of federal law as well as the rules and regulations of South Arkansas Community College for any employee or student to sexually harass another employee or student by:

    1. Making unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature as a condition of any employee’s employment or student’s enrollment;

    2. Making submission or rejection of such conduct the basis for employment decisions affecting the employee or academic decisions concerning a student; and/or

    3. Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment by such conduct.

  2. Dissemination of Information

    1. The policy statement on Sexual Harassment appears in both major College publications, the Catalog and the Student Handbook.

    2. Seminars and workshops covering the topic of Sexual Harassment are offered to both students and employees.

  3. Procedure for Reporting and Investigating Violations

    1. Anyone who is subjected to offensive sexual behavior is encouraged to report the matter through established formal or informal channels. All reports should be directed immediately to the Director of Human Resources.

    2. The VPSA Director of Human Resources will investigate and respond to all complaints involving sexual harassment. The El Dorado Police Department works cooperatively with South Arkansas Community College on matters pertaining to the safety and welfare of students and employees, and will work with campus security personnel and the administration to offer prompt assistance in the event that an incidence of sexual harassment is reported.

    3. If charges are filed, it will be the responsibility of the Director of Human Resources to document all campus proceedings.

    4. In all cases, victims will be informed of their options for reporting crime and for receiving assistance if such is needed or desired.

    5. Both the accuser and the accused will be made aware of the outcomes of formal proceedings.

  4. Consequences of Violation

    Sexual harassment is considered a major offense punishable by both the College and the courts. The Administration is authorized to impose disciplinary for such offenses; any person who is found to have sexually harassed another person will be subject to appropriate action.

    1. Employees found guilty will be subject to written warning, a suspension without pay, or a discharge, depending upon the circumstances of the sexual harassment incident.

    2. Students found guilty will be subject to disciplinary action as described in the Standards of Student Conduct, up to and including suspension or expulsion from the College.

  5. Due Process

    1. The Director of Human Resources, when investigating reports of sexual harassment, will ensure that all rights of both the accuser and the accused are protected.

    2. These rights include but will not be limited to discreet and professional handling of all matters concerning the alleged incident, and the opportunity to have others present during a campus disciplinary hearing.

  6. Victim Assistance

    1. The Director of Human Resources is responsible for making referrals to victims of sexual harassment, as necessary. Referrals may be made to the following personnel or agencies (this list is not exhaustive):

      1. College Counselors

      2. The Victim Assistance Program, established through the local court system, offers assistance and support to victims at no cost. The Victim Assistance contact number is (870) 863-3762.

      3. Assistance is also available through the Union County Rape & Family Violence Center, at (870) 863-4003.