Community College of Rhode Island

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Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment

CCRI's No Harassment Policy

In accordance with state and federal discrimination laws, CCRI does not condone harassment of its employees.

Harassment of any one member of the college community on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identification or expression, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or status as a special disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, Vietnam era veteran, or any other veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law) is prohibited by law.

Community College employees who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action up to and including immediate discharge.

If you feel that you are being harassed or if you believe you have witnessed harassment by a coworker at any time or by anyone who is on campus, you should notify your supervisor or department head immediately.  The matter will be investigated and, when appropriate, disciplinary action will be taken.

Your complaint will be kept as confidential as possible.  You will not be penalized in any way for reporting such conduct.  Please do not assume that the College is aware of your problem.  It is your responsibility to bring your complaints and concerns to the attention of your supervisor or department chair so that they can help resolve them.

 The Issue of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a serious issue, which can have an adverse impact on students and the college workforce.  One would hope that occurrences of sexual harassment are exceptions. However, regardless of the frequency of incidents, the College wishes to make clear its position on such behavior.

The Community College of Rhode Island reaffirms its desire to create a work environment for all employees and a study environment for all students that is fair, humane, and responsible -- an environment which supports, nurtures, and rewards career and educational goals on the basis of such relevant factors as ability and work performance.

Sexual harassment is inimical to this environment.

Sexual harassment is defined to include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Such conduct is discrimination prohibited by college policy as well as by state and federal law when the behavior is directed to an individual because of his or her gender and (1) when submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of instruction, employment, or otherwise full participation in college life; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct is considered in evaluating a person's academic work or job performance; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with a person's academic or job performance or creating a sexually intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.  This definition will be interpreted and applied by the College consistent with reasonable standards or mature behavior, academic freedom, and freedom of expression.

Whenever the College acquires knowledge that sexual harassment is occurring or has occurred on campus, prompt remedial action will be taken.

All members of the college community are expected to honor this prohibition, but supervisors and managers are particularly responsible for enforcing this policy.  As part of this responsibility, supervisors will bring to the attention of their subordinate supervisors and employees the policy as stated herein.

If you believe you have not been treated in accordance with our policy, please view the Board of Education Discrimination Complaint Procedures or contact:

Mr. John White
Interim Director of Affirmative Action & Minority Student Affairs
Affirmative Action Office
c/o Office of Human Resources
400 East Avenue
Warwick, R.I. 02886
Phone:  (401) 662-0944 or via e-mail at white@ccri.edu

Ms. Sheri L. Norton
Director of Human Resources & Title IX Coordinator
Office of Human Resources
400 East Avenue
Warwick, R.I. 02886
Phone: (401) 825-2311 or via e-mail at slnorton@ccri.edu


Employees who feel their issue has not been addressed by the College, have the right to contact:

Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights
180 Westminster Street, 3rd Floor
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Phone: 401-222-2661

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
475 Government Center
Boston, Massachusetts 02203
Phone: 800-669-4000

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Last Updated: 11/5/14