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Sexual Harassment

Elizabeth City State University neither condones nor approves of sexual harassment on the part of students, faculty, or staff within the university community. Sexual harassment constitutes unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex and violates state and federal law as well as university policy.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by anyone in an official university position, a student, or university employee constitutes sexual harassment when:

  1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic standing, or
  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis of employment or academic decision affecting that individual, or
  3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

A student, faculty, or staff person who believes he/she has been the victim of sexual harassment must initially attempt to resolve the matter with the administrative official most directly in line to supervise the person accused of sexual harassment. However, a staff employee may proceed directly to the State Personnel Commission. Students may proceed directly to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or his/her designee. Complaints of student against staff or staff against student will be addressed by the SPA Grievance Committee; complaints of student against faculty or faculty against student will be handled by the Faculty Hearings Committee.