Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which is prohibited by law. It is the policy of the College that sexual harassment is unacceptable and shall not be tolerated and that no member of the College community may sexually harass another.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual conduct that is either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of employment or academic advancement. There are two types of sexual harassment, “quid pro quo” and “environmental”.
“Quid pro quo harassment” - occurs when submission to or rejection of unwelcome sexual conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions or academic decisions that affect such individuals.
“Environmental sexual harassment” - is unwelcome sexual conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s job or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment, even if it leads to no tangible or economic job consequences.
Any complaint or sexual harassment should be handled in the following manner:
- The person making the complaint should try to resolve the issue with the person who this complaint is made. This should be done through a constructive and agreeable manner. This may be done verbally or in writing.
- If the situation continues the issue must immediately be taken to Sitting Bull College’s President, Vice President of Academics, or Vice President of Student Services for informal discussion with both parties.
- When such facilitative measures do not remedy the situation and merit for probable cause is determined, a hearing committee made up of three members (selected by SBC President) will be authorized to form a binding agreement to resolve the sexual harassment situation.
- Any further violation will result in written reprimand and possible suspension of employment or in the case of a student, disciplinary dismissal until treatment or counseling or both is received.
- Termination or expulsion will result should behavior continue.