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Statement on Harassment

Manchester Community College reaffirms that it does not tolerate any form of harassment directed towards any person or group within its community: students, employees and visitors. Everyone associated with the college is obligated to refrain from actions that could intimidate, humiliate or demean persons or groups, or that undermine their sense of security or self-esteem.

Harassment consists of abusive behavior directed toward an individual or group because of race, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, gender, sexual preference, age, or physical or mental disabilities. The college (a) strictly prohibits making submission to harassment, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual's employment, performance appraisal or evaluation of academic performance; and (b) forbids harassment that has the effect of interfering with an individual's performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Behaviors that denigrate others because of their race, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, gender, sexual preference, age, or physical or mental disabilities are likewise prohibited. The use of derogatory names, inappropriately directed laughter, inconsiderate jokes, anonymous notes or phone calls, and conspicuous exclusion from conversations and/or classroom discussions are examples of harassing behaviors that are prohibited.

Most importantly, all members of the Manchester Community College community are responsible for the maintenance of a positive environment in which everyone feels comfortable working and learning. The failure of managers and supervisors at any level to remedy harassment violates this policy as seriously as the original discriminatory act.

Sexual harassment is defined as any unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances, or any other conduct of a sexual nature whereby (a) submission to these actions is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual's employment, performance appraisal or evaluation of academic performance; or (b) these actions have the effect of interfering with an individual's performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

All forms of sexual harassment and discrimination are considered serious offenses by the College. Examples of sexual harassment are all activities that attempt to extort sexual favors; suggestive comments; public display of pornographic or suggestive calendars, posters or signs; and inappropriate touching. These actions are particularly offensive when power relationships are involved.

Any person who believes that he/she is being harassed or otherwise subjected to discrimination because of race, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disabilities, or similar characteristics is encouraged to consult the Affirmative Action Officer of the college (Lowe L-134c, 512-3107). Additional places to receive support and help if you think you are being harassed are: any dean's office, the Director of Human Resources, the Office of the President, the Diversity Committee, or the Counseling Center.

Related Links

The following are links related to both Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:

Last Update: December 21 2010
For additional information, contact: Debbie Colucci