South Texas College assumes an affirmative posture to prevent and eliminate sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment in any division, department, or any unit by any individual. It is the policy of South Texas College to provide an educational and working environment for its students, faculty, staff, guests and visitors that is free from sex discrimination and sexual harassment. It is the policy of the College that any practice or behavior that constitutes sexual harassment will not be tolerated. This policy has been developed to reaffirm this principle and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated.
Sexual Harassment is unwelcome verbal or physical conduct that is,
- sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it, unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the College’s educational program and/or activities, and is
- based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.
Sexual harassment in the workplace and schools is an illegal practice under Section 703 of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended.