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Policy Statement

Sexual harassment in any situation is reprehensible. It subverts the mission of the University, and threatens the careers of students, faculty, and staff. It is viewed as a violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act as amended by the 1991 Civil Rights Act. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated at Southern Polytechnic.

Southern Polytechnic State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status. In adhering to this policy, the University abides by the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Civil Rights Acts of 1991; by Sections 504 and 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973; by Executive Order 11246, as mended by 38 U.S.C. 2012; the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972, as amended; and by other applicable statutes and regulations relating to equality of opportunity.

It is the responsibility of the administration of this University to uphold the requirements of Title VII, and with regard to sexual harassment specifically, to insure that this University’s working environment be kept free of it.  For that purpose, these procedures and guidelines are promulgated to avoid misunderstandings by faculty, students, and staff on (1) the definitions of sexual harassment, and (2) procedures specifically defined to file and resolve complaints of sexual harassment.

Justice requires that the rights and concerns of both complainant and respondent be fully assured. The University shall make every effort to assure and protect these rights, and shall undertake no action that threatens or compromises them. In determining whether alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment, those entrusted with carrying out this policy will look at the record as a whole and at the totality of the circumstances, such as the nature of the alleged sexual advances and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. The determination of the suitability of a particular action will be made from the facts on a case-by-case basis.

This policy on sexual harassment applies to the entire University and to the conduct of students, faculty, and staff alike.