Sexual harassment is defined by law as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a condition of an individual's employment, (2) submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting said individual, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance, academic program or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. Such conduct, whether committed by supervisors or non-supervisory personnel, is specifically prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: repeated offensive and unwanted sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; graphic or degrading verbal comments about an individual or his or her appearance; the unwanted display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; or any offensive physical contact, such as patting, pinching or brushing against another's body.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a prohibited practice under Section 703 of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1973. Inasmuch as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission holds supervisory personnel liable for the actions of their employees and outsiders with respect to the above policy, supervisory personnel are required to inform their staff of the institutional policy and of the seriousness of the issue.
Farmingdale State College will not tolerate sexual harassment nor condone it in any form, and is committed to providing and preserving an atmosphere free from harassment in any manner. Sexual harassment is a form of misconduct which undermines the integrity of employment and educational pursuits. No one should be subjected to unsolicited and unwelcome sexual overtures or conduct, either verbal or physical.
Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX. Title IX also prohibits gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.
Any faculty, staff member or student who believes he/she has been the target of sexual harassment should promptly report this to his/her immediate supervisor or Director of Human Resources, who will in turn report the complaint to the Executive Assistant to the President/Title IX Coordinator. In a case where the complaint may involve the immediate supervisor, the Director of Human Resources or the Executive Assistant to the President/Title IX Coordinator should be contacted directly.
To view a 20-slide Sexual Harassment Prevention PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Veronica Henry, please click here.
For more detailed information, contact Dr. Veronica Henry, Executive Assistant to the President, Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator at 631.420.2622.