Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
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Lois M. Gackenheimer, PhD Ed, MSN, RN
Executive Director / President
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POLICY FOR PROHIBITION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment, and will not tolerate harassment of its employees and./or students by any teacher, administrator, student, supervisor, co-worker, vendor, client, or customer.

Sexual harassment consists of any unwelcome conduct, whether verbal, physical or visual, that is based upon a person’s gender. Such conduct is unlawful and prohibited whenever it affects tangible job benefits, unreasonably interferes with a individual’s work or educational performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.

Sexual harassment undermines the integrity of the employment and student/teacher relationship. All employees and students have the right to work and learn in an environment free from unsolicited and unwelcome sexual overtures. Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations will not tolerate any form of gender-based or sex-based discrimination including any kind of sexual harassment against any employee, applicant for employment or student. Such discrimination violates federal and state law and the Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations policy.

DEFINITION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, visual and physical conduct of a sexual nature whenever:
  1. Submission to the conduct is made either an explicit or implicit condition of employment or educational objectives;
  2. Submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for an employment or education related decision affecting the harassed employee or student; or
  3. The harassing conduct unreasonably interferes with an employee or student’s work or educational performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.
EXAMPLES OF CONDUCT CONSTITUTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Sexual harassment can involve an almost infinite variety of conduct. Some examples include:
  1. Unwelcome physical contact with sexual overtones, such as touching, patting, pinching, repeatedly “brushing” against someone or impeding the movement of another person.
  2. Sexually offensive comments such as slurs, jokes, epithets and innuendos.
  3. Sexually oriented “kidding” or “teasing” or sexually oriented “practical jokes”.
  4. Suggestive or obscene written comments in notes, letters, invitations or e-mail.
  5. Inappropriate, repeated or unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances or propositions.
  6. Offensive visual contact such as staring, leering, gestures or displaying obscene objects, pictures or cartoons.
  7. Inappropriate or suggestive comments about another person’s physical appearance or dress.
  8. Exchanging or offering to exchange any kind of employment or educational benefit for a sexual concession, e.g. promising a promotion or raise, or a particular grade in exchange for sexual favors.
  9. Withdrawing or threatening the withdrawal of any kind of employment or educational benefit for refusing to grant sexual favor, e.g. suggesting that an individual will receive a poor performance review or lower grade or be denied a raise unless she/he goes out on a date with the supervisor or teacher.
APPLICABILITY OF POLICY
The prohibition against sexual harassment applies to everyoneBteachers, students, administrators, faculty, managers, supervisors, salaried and hourly workers, temporary employees, contractors, customers, suppliers and guests. Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations will not tolerate sexual harassment of any kind by anyone.

1) Reporting Sexual Harassment
  1. If you believe that you have been the victim of sexual harassment, you should report it at once to your supervisor or teacher, as the case may be.
  2. If your teacher, administrator, supervisor or manager is the person you believe has engaged in sexual harassment, report it to the Executive Director immediately.
  3. If you believe that you have been the victim of sexual harassment and your verbal compliant has proven ineffective, or you are unable to complain to the person involved directly, file a complaint pursuant to Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations internal grievance procedure. The procedure is described in your employee or student catalogue.
Complaints of sexual harassment will be investigated thoroughly and quickly. Whenever appropriate, disciplinary action will be taken against the harassing party, up to, and including termination. Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations will also take appropriate action to deter further sexual harassment and to remedy any loss caused by the harassment. You will be advised of the results of the investigation and of any action taken. To the fullest extent practicable, Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations will keep complaints and report of sexual harassment and their resolution confidential.

Teachers, administrators, students, employees, supervisors, and managers must report any incident of sexual harassment they may observe, even if they are not the target or victim of such harassment. Such reports will be handled in the same fashion as complaints by victims of sexual harassment.

Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations will not retaliate against anyone for reporting or complaining about sexual harassment and will not tolerate retaliation by teachers, administrators, students, supervisors, managers or co-workers.

2) Discipline for Engaging in Sexual Harassment
Depending on the nature and seriousness of the offense, Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations will impose all appropriate discipline, up to and including termination or dismissal, against any teacher, administrator, student, manager, supervisor or employee found to have engaged in sexual harassment.

When a student, customer, guest or other person not employed or enrolled in Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations is found to have engaged in sexual harassment against an Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations employee, teacher or student, Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations will advise the person and his/her employer of Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations >policy against such harassment and will take such other action as is appropriate under the circumstances.

3) Legal Remedies for Harassment
Employees or job applicants who believe they have been harassed may file a complaint of discrimination with the EEOC and/or the Florida Human Relations Commission, which is authorized to investigate the allegations in the complaint. Students may complain to the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education or the State of Florida Commission for Independent Education Licensing Board. Each agency will have their own procedures for investigating and resolving complaints of discrimination