Sexual Harassment

The University Board of Trustees approved a Resolution Prohibiting Sexual Harassment on March 2, 1989 in compliance with State and Federal laws. These laws and the University policy are meant to protect employees and students by providing an environment free of sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.  A copy of the resolution is attached.  Employees concerned with sexual harassment should see the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer, 316D College Hall; students concerned with sexual harassment should contact the Dean of Students Office, 400 Student Center.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES RESOLUTION PROHIBITING SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Whereas:     There are State and Federal laws prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace and in academic settings, and

Whereas:     The Board of Trustees of Montclair State is committed to the principle that sexual harassment of employees or students will not be tolerated, and

Whereas:     Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual conduct, whether the behavior is verbal or physical in nature, regardless of the peer, supervisory, or other relationship between the parties, and regardless of whether the manifestation of the harassment is requests for sexual favors, sexist remarks, or behavior that denigrates a person because of the person's sex or sexual orientation.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT

Resolved:    That the Board of Trustees reaffirms its commitment to assure that the College environment will be free of sexual harassment; and be it further

Resolved:    That the Board of Trustees directs the College, through the President, to disseminate this policy to all employees and students; that it be incorporated into the College Affirmative Action Plan; and that all steps be taken in accordance with State and Federal laws and regulations and, where appropriate, subject to Statewide and local negotiations, to develop mechanisms for investigating and handling sexual harassment complaints and to determine sanctions and corrective actions to be imposed under circumstances of proven sexual harassment.

Approved in Public Session
by Montclair State Board of Trustees
on March 2, 1989