Adventist University of Health Sciences does not tolerate harassment on the basis of gender by a student against another student, faculty, or staff member. Violations of this policy may subject a student to discipline, up to and including dismissal from the University. Sexual harassment is defined as:
- Threats made on the basis of gender, or unwelcome sexual advances.
- Requests for sexual favors; and all other verbal, physical, or visual conduct of a sexual or otherwise offensive nature.
- Sexual innuendo, suggestive comments, sexually oriented “kidding” or “teasing,” “practical jokes,” jokes about gender specific traits, foul or obscene language or gestures, displays of foul or obscene printed or visual material.
- Physical sexual misconduct that includes unwelcome touching which may involve, but is not limited to: fondling, patting, pinching, hugging, repeatedly brushing against, or other physical contact with a person without his or her consent.
Reporting a Violation
All students who encounter or are aware of sexual harassment shall report such incidents to University Administration for investigation. Because of the sensitive nature of situations involving sexual harassment, restraint will be taken when discussing the matter and will be limited to those involved in the rectification of the problem. The procedure outlined below shall be followed when reporting a violation:
- A report of the incident must be submitted in writing to College Administration.
- The matter will be investigated immediately and kept confidential to the extent practical. The student has an obligation to assist and cooperate with the University’s investigation.
- If the University determines that sexual harassment has occurred, appropriate and reasonable remedial action will be taken against the offender, up to and including dismissal from the University.
- A record of the action will be placed in the offender’s file.