In keeping with the spirit and the intent of federal and state law, St. Augustine College strives to provide a comfortable work environment. We are committed to an institution that is free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, or any other protected status. Offensive or harassing behavior will not be tolerated against any student or employee. Any student, faculty, or employee who believes s/he has been sexually harassed may obtain redress through the established grievance procedures.
Sexual harassment is defined as any use of one person’s power and/or authority over another person to attempt to coerce a sexual relationship, or to subject a person to unwanted sexual attention, or to punish a refusal to comply, or to create a sexually intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
Sexual harassment is understood to include a wide range of behaviors, including, but not limited to, the actual coercing of sexual relations, verbal or physical sexual advances, sexually explicit or derogatory statements, physical aggressiveness such as touching, pinching or patting, and slurs, jokes, posters, cartoons, and gestures. Such behavior may offend the aggrieved party, cause discomfort or humiliation, and interfere with job performance. This definition will be interpreted and applied consistent with accepted standards of mature behavior and freedom of expression.