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The policy of the Sonoma County Junior College District is to provide an educational and employment environment free from unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual harassment. Employees, students, or other persons acting on behalf of the District who engage in sexual harassment as defined in this policy or by state or federal law shall be subject to discipline up to and including discharge, expulsion or termination of contract. Cal. Code Regs., Title 5, § 66281.5; 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.

Sexual Harassment

What is sexual harassment? unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a condition of an individual's employment or academic work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

While many types of conduct constitute sexual harassment, such behavior may include:

  • unsolicited, non-reciprocal requires for sexual favors
  • questions about one's sexual behavior
  • derogatory sexual or sexist comments, slurs and jokes
  • comments about one's body and/or clothing
  • sexually suggestive pictures or objects displayed to embarrass or humiliate
  • repeated, non-reciprocated propositions for dates
  • pinching, fondling, patting or kissing

Sexual harassment is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, California Government Code Section 11135, California Education Code Sections 210 through 214 inclusive, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and of Santa Rosa Junior College policy.

For more information regarding student, staff and faculty rights and remedies in matters of sexual harassment contact the Vice President of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator at (707) 527-4954.