This notice outlines Aurora University’s commitment to address and eliminate harassment and sexual harassment wherever it occurs.
Harassment consists of unwelcome conduct, whether verbal, physical, or visual, that is based upon a person's protected status, such as gender, color, race, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or other protected group status. Additionally, the University will not tolerate harassment based on an individual's physical characteristics.
Sexual harassment deserves special mention. Sexual harassment encompasses a wide range of unwanted, sexually directed behavior.
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:
- submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's education or employment,
- submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for educational or employment decisions affecting such individual; or
- such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonable interference with an individual's educational or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment
Sexually harassing behavior can include, but is not limited to, the following: verbal behavior such as negative or offensive comments, jokes, or suggestions about another employee's gender, sexuality or gender identity; threats related to sexual conduct; unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances or propositions; demands for sexual favors; subtle pressure for sexual activity; obscene or lewd sexual comments; unwelcome physical behavior; other forms of personal attention which are inappropriate to the academic or employment setting and which may reasonably be perceived as sexual overtones or denigration.
In an effort to address harassment issues the university has designated the Director of Human Resources to act as Title IX Coordinator for Harassment Issues. The attached links contain additional contact information.
- “Sexual Harassment: It’s Not Academic.” this document, prepared by the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, outlines harassment issues, and gives examples of harassment. (www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocrshpam.html)
- Human Resource Policy 101: Anti-Harassment and Anti-Sexual Harassment. The university policy covers all individuals on all campuses. It contains contact information for individuals who should be notified if harassment occurs. (Anti-Harassment and Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy)
- “Preventing Workplace Harassment” online training program. Every student and employee of the university is encouraged to take this free training course. Non-employees are also welcome to utilize the resource. (training.newmedialearning.com/pwh/aurora/index.htm)
- Aurora University A-Book Student Handbook.
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