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Sexual Harassment Policy

It is the policy of Southern University at Shreveport that no member of the academic community may sexually harass another. An offender shall be subject to sanctions after compliance with due process requirements. The process may be handled informally or may require a formal hearing. Resolutions may result in warnings, reprimands, or dismissal from the University to the extent possible. Confidentiality of those making inquiries will be respected, to the extent possible.

Protection against Retaliation
Retaliation against anyone seeking information on sexual harassment, filing a sexual harassment complaint or serving as a witness is forbidden. If you feel that you are being retaliated against, you may report the matter to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, disparaging remarks, and other conduct of a sexual nature constitute harassment when:

  • They are unwelcome;
  • They are made under circumstances implying that one's response might affect academic or personnel decisions that are subject to the influence of the person making such proposals;
  • Such conduct is persistently abusive of others and implies a discriminatory attitude or hostility toward their personal or professional interests because of sex; or
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning or work environment.

Although sexual harassment most frequently occurs when there is an authority or sexual differential between the persons involved (e.g. faculty member and students, male and female), it may also occur between persons of the same status of sex (e.g. faculty-faculty, student-student, male-male.) Both men and women my be victims of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment may be nonverbal, blatant, or subtle.

Peer Harassment
Peer Harassment is defined as sexual harassment of a student or students by another student or group of students when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to limit a student's ability to participate or benefit from the educational program or to create a hostile or abusive educational environment.

Reporting Sexual Harassment
The University has developed procedures to facilitate prompt and confidential resolution of sexual harassment complaints. If you believe you have been the subject of sexual harassment or sexual intimidation, do the following: consult with the counselors in the Counseling Center (Fine Arts Building,C-01; Phone: 318- 670 6473) or seek guidance from a University official with whom you feel comfortable. Any of these University officials will help you with both the Southern University at Shreveport policy and possible options and resources. Complaints may be referred to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to investigate and determine appropriate steps to resolve the situation.

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