Title IX - Sexual Harassment
Policy and Procedure
Nebraska state law defines various violent and/or nonconsensual sexual acts as crimes. Additionally, Central Community College has defined categories of sexual misconduct for which action under this policy may be imposed. Generally speaking, the college considers nonconsensual sexual intercourse violations to be the most serious and therefore typically imposes the most severe sanctions, including suspension or expulsion for students and termination for employees. However, the college reserves the right to impose any level of sanction, ranging from a reprimand up to suspension or expulsion/termination for any act of sexual misconduct or other gender-based offenses, including intimate partner or relationship (dating and/or domestic) violence, nonconsensual sexual contact and stalking based on the facts and circumstances of the particular grievance.
Acts of sexual misconduct are defined as an action committed by any person upon any other person regardless of the sex, gender, sexual orientation and/or gender identity of those involved. Use of alcohol or other drugs will never function to excuse any behavior.
Both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the State of Nebraska regard sexual harassment as a form of sex/gender discrimination and, therefore, as an unlawful discriminatory practice. Central Community College has adopted the following definition of sexual harassment in order to address the special environment of an academic community, which consists not only of employer and employees but of students as well.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome, and includes sexual and/or gender-based verbal, written, online and/or physical conduct.
Anyone experiencing sexual harassment in any college program is encouraged to report it immediately to the college’s Title IX coordinator, co-coordinators or deputy coordinators. Remedies, education and/or training will be provided in response.
Sexual harassment may be disciplined when it takes the form of quid pro quo harassment, retaliatory harassment and/or creates a hostile environment.
- A hostile environment is created when sexual harassment is sufficiently severe or persistent or pervasive and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the college’s educational and/or employment, social and/or residential programs.
Quid pro quo harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by a person having power or authority over another person constitutes sexual harassment is when submission to such sexual conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of rating or evaluating an individual’s educational or employment progress, development or performance. This includes when submission to such conduct would be a condition for access to receiving the benefits of any educational or employment program.