Harassment and Violence Policy

Prohibitions
It is the policy of Kansas City Kansas Community College to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from religious, racial, disability or sexual harassment and violence. Kansas City Kansas Community College prohibits any form of religious, racial, disability or sexual harassment and violence.

It is a violation of college policy for a student, faculty member, staff member, administrator or other employee to harass a student, faculty member, administrator or other college personnel through conduct or communication of a sexual nature or regarding religion and race. For purposes of this policy, these prohibitions also apply to Kansas City Kansas Community College trustees, agents, volunteers, contractors or persons subject to the supervision and control of the Kansas City Kansas Community College.

It is a violation of college policy for any student, faculty member, administrator or other college personnel of the Kansas City Kansas Community College to inflict, threaten to inflict, or attempt to inflict religious, racial, disability or sexual violence upon any student, faculty member, administrator or other college personnel.

Sexual Harassment
Sexual Harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:

submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition, either explicitly, of obtaining or retaining employment, or of obtaining an education; or

submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual's employment or education; or

that conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual's employment or education, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or education environment.

Sexual harassment may also include but is not limited to:

unwelcome verbal harassment or abuse;

unwelcome pressure for sexual activity;

unwelcome, sexually motivated or inappropriate patting, pinching or physical contact, other than necessary restraint of student(s) by faculty members, administrators, college law enforcement, or other college personnel to avoid physical harm to persons or property;

unwelcome sexual behavior or words, including demands for sexual favors, accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning an individual's employment or educational status;

unwelcome sexual behavior or words, including demands for sexual favors, accompanied by implied or overt promises of preferential treatment with regard to an individual's employment or education status; or

unwelcome behavior or words directed at an individual because of gender.

Racial, Disability, Religious Harassment
Racial, Disability, Religious Harassment consists of physical or verbal conduct relating to an individual's race, disability or religion when the conduct:

has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment;

has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance; or

otherwise unlawfully and adversely affects an individual's employment or academic opportunities.

Reporting
Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of religious, racial, disability or sexual harassment or violence by a student, faculty member, administrator or other college personnel of Kansas City Kansas Community College should report the conduct to the Dean of Human Resources, the President of the College, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, a Dean or other college administrator.

Any person with knowledge or belief of conduct which may constitute religious, racial, disability or sexual harassment or violence toward a student, faculty member, administrator or other college personnel should report the alleged acts immediately to their supervisor or the Dean of Human Resources.

Privacy
The Kansas City Kansas Community College will respect the privacy of the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the compliant is filed, and the witnesses as much as possible, consistent with the colIege's legal obligations to investigate and to take appropriate action.

Action
Kansas City Kansas Community College will act to investigate all complaints, either formal or informal, verbal or written, of religious, racial, disability or sexual harassment or violence, and to discipline or take appropriate action against any student, faculty member, administrator or other college personnel who is found to have violated this policy.

No Reprisal
Kansas City Kansas Community College will discipline or take appropriate action against any student, faculty member, administrator or other college personnel who retaliates against any person who reports religious, racial, disability or sexual harassment or violence.

Any person who retaliates against another for testifying, assisting or participating in an investigation or proceeding relating to harassment or violence shall be subject to discipline. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment.

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