The ICILS is committed to providing a professional working and learning environment free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is illegal. Sexual harassment most often exploits a relationship between individuals of unequal power and authority (as, for example, between an employee and supervisor or between a student and teacher), but may also occur between student peers or employees of equal rank. Sexual harassment also constitutes unprofessional conduct which compromises ICILS’s commitment to the integrity of the learning process. As such, ICILS will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment. Failure to investigate allegations of sexual harassment or failure to take timely corrective action is considered a violation of the sexual harassment policy and may also violate federal and state laws.
Sexual harassment consists of the following:
1. Unwelcome sexual advances
2. Requests for sexual favors
3. Verbal and written comments of a sexual nature
4. Physical conduct of a sexual nature; when such conduct:
a. Is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of instruction, employment, or participation in a school activity.
b. Is used to be a basis for evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions affecting an individual.
c. Has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; or has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s employment or learning.
In relation to the foregoing statements, sexually harassing behavior may include, but is not limited to, the following:
1. Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, propositions, or leering; favoritism based on a sexual relationship (or adverse impact on other members of a group)
2. Verbal remarks of a sexual nature whether directed to an individual or a group, or in the guise of humor, including sexually explicit derogatory remarks, suggestive comments, demands, or jokes found to be offensive or objectionable to the recipient.
3. Use of sexually oriented photos, posters, cartoons, materials, or themes unrelated to instruction and/or the pursuit of knowledge.
4. Graphic or degrading verbal, written, or electronic comments of a sexual nature about an individual or the individual’s appearance .
5. Any suggestive or unwelcome physical contact; any aggressiveness such as touching, pinching, or patting.
6. Actual or threatened physical assault.
Sexual harassment, it must be understood, is not limited by gender of either party, or by superior subordinate relationships. The fact that the parties may have had a previous consensual sexual relationship is not a defense against a complaint based on subsequent unwelcome sexually harassing behavior.
Reporting Sexual Harassment:
If a student believes that he/she or someone else is a victim of sexual harassment, that student should inform an administrator immediately.
ICILS is prepared to take preventive and corrective action in cases of sexual harassment; individuals who engage in such misconduct and/or retaliation are subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment, removal of tenure and/or expulsion from the institution.