POLICY ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT

CPCE Policy

The College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) is committed to equal opportunity in academic pursuit and employment and to eliminating any form of discrimination against all staff, students, and other persons who have dealings with the CPCE. Sexual harassment, being a form of discrimination, is prohibited and is unacceptable at all levels in the CPCE community. Any staff member or student who is found to have contravened the CPCE’s Policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

I. Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and other verbal, non-verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment if they are unwelcome. In determining whether conduct constitutes sexual harassment, a totality of circumstances of the conduct will be considered.

II. Examples of Sexual Harassment*

Depending on the circumstances, the following may constitute sexual harassment:

  • Repeated attempts to make a date, despite being told “No” each time
  • Comments with sexual innuendoes and suggestive or insulting sounds
  • Relentless humour and jokes about sex or gender in general
  • Sexual propositions or other pressure for sex
  • Implied or overt threats for sex (e.g., demanding sexual favours in exchange for a promotion or a passing grade in examination)
  • Obscene gestures or inappropriate touching (e.g., patting, touching, kissing or pinching)
  • Persistent phone calls or letters asking for a personal or sexual relationship
  • Displaying sexually obscene or suggestive photographs or literature
  • Sexual assault or forced sexual intercourse (rape)

*Examples are taken from the pamphlet “Preventing & Dealing with Sexual Harassment” issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission.

A Guide for Dealing with Sexual Harassment

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