Adopted: November 12, 1992
This Oxford School District affirms employee protection provided under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Section 703, 1972), and therefore “will not tolerate verbal or physical conduct by any employee, male or female, which harasses, disrupts, or interferes with another’s work performance or which creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment.” It is the intent of the School Board to maintain an environment free from sexual harassment of any kind. Therefore, unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature amounting to or constituting harassment are prohibited and constitute sexual harassment when certain criteria are met:
Criteria for Sexual Harassment:
- Submission to such conduct is made, either implicitly or explicitly, a term or condition of employment.
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual.
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
Criteria 1 and 2 are examples of quid pro quo or conditional sexual harassment. The third criteria is an example of hostile work environment. Complaints of violation of this policy may be made through The Employee Grievance Resolution Procedure (School Board Policy GAE). Should violations prove to be legitimate, the offending employee shall be subject to disciplinary action, including involuntary termination of employment.