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Chapter 5.
Equal Opportunity, Discrimination or Harassment

Effective Date: 09/01/2010

5.3 Sex Discrimination/Sexual Harassment

Federal and State law prohibits discrimination in employment and in the utilization of educational facilities because of sex. Such discrimination includes sexual harassment. The policy of Michigan Technological University is that sex discrimination/sexual harassment is prohibited.

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcomed sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual or gender-related nature that is sufficiently severe, pervasive or objectively and subjectively offensive as to substantially or effectively disrupt or undermine a person's ability to participate in or to receive the benefits, services or opportunities of the University when:

  1. Submission to such conduct or communication is made a term or condition, either explicitly or implicitly, to obtain or retain employment, services, or access to educational facilities or services.
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting the individual's employment, or receipt of services or education.
  3. Such conduct substantially or effectively interferes with an individual's employment, educational performance or receipt of services or education, by creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or abusive employment, service, or educational environment.

The mission of Michigan Technological University is to provide a quality education for its students and a fair and responsible work environment for its employees. Sexual discrimination/sexual harassment of employees by supervisors, students, or other employees, or of students by faculty, employees, or other students, is absolutely prohibited. Upon receipt of information that sexual discrimination/sexual harassment has occurred and after verification of such information, the University shall take prompt corrective action, up to and including dismissal from the University or discharge from University employment.

Students, faculty members, or employees who feel that they have been subjected to discrimination based on sex or sexual harassment, suspect that an unfounded discrimination complaint may have been filed against them, or have been threatened with the filing of such a complaint should notify the Affirmative Action Officer as soon as possible.

Nothing in this policy will prevent persons involved in pursuing any legal remedy which might be available to them.

This policy shall be administered in accordance with procedures established by the Vice President for Administration.

09/18/92 Changed responsibility
08/03/2000 Changed Executive Vice President and Provost title to Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
03/05/2009 Modified the language by deleting the student's or employee's intention or purpose and adding substantial interference in light of Court interpretations. Also changed administration of the policy from the Provost to the V.P. for Administration.
07/15/2010 Was previously Policy 3.23. Renumbered and changed Provost to Vice President for Administration.
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