General Harassment Policy

I. Statement of Philosophy

Saint Mary’s College is committed to a work and educational environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to work and study in an atmosphere that promotes equal opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment.

Saint Mary’s has developed this policy to ensure that all of its employees and students can work and study in an environment free from harassment, discrimination and retaliation. The College will make every reasonable effort to ensure that all employees and students are familiar with these policies and aware that any complaint in violation of such policy will be investigated and resolved appropriately.

II. Equal Employment Opportunity

It is College policy to ensure equal employment and educational opportunity without unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Saint Mary's prohibits any such discrimination or harassment. As well, as part of our Catholic values, Saint Mary’s prohibits discrimination against an employee or student based on sexual or political orientation. 

III. Definitions of Harassment

Sexual and gender harassment is prohibited and is defined as "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment." See the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Facts About Sexual Harassment.

Harassment on the basis of any other protected characteristic is also prohibited. Under this policy, verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of her or his race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual or political orientation or any other characteristic protected by law violates this policy. 

Harassing conduct includes but is not limited to the following conduct which is based upon an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual or political orientation: epithets, slurs, or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes; and written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion and that is posted or circulated on campus.

IV. Individuals and Conduct Covered

This policy applies to faculty and staff, whether related to conduct engaged in by students, employees, or by an outsider not directly connected to Saint Mary’s, e.g. an outside vendor.  

V. Responsibilities of Faculty, Administrators and Staff

All faculty, administrators and staff (other than Confidential Campus Resources) who learn of possible violations are required to report that information to the Title IX Coordinator. Saint Mary's Title IX resources and information may be found at

Title IX violations may also be reported using the College’s Incident Reporting Form or by contacting Saint Mary's Title IX Coordinator at 574-284-4777 or

Complaints will be immediately and fully investigated. To the extent feasible, the investigation will protect the privacy interests of all affected parties.

VI. Reporting an Incident of Harassment, Discrimination or Retaliation

Faculty, administrators and staff who believe they are being subjected to harassment may, if they feel comfortable doing so, advise the offender that his or her behavior is offensive and request that it stop. 

If faculty, administrators and staff are not comfortable doing this, they are encouraged to immediately report the behavior using the College’s Incident Reporting Form or by contacting Saint Mary's Title IX Coordinator at 574-284-4777 or

Saint Mary’s encourages prompt reporting of all perceived incidents of discrimination, harassment or retaliation regardless of the offender’s identity or position so that immediate and constructive action can be taken before relationships become irreparably strained. Early reporting and intervention are the most effective methods of resolving offensive behavior.

Retaliation against an individual for reporting harassment or discrimination or for participating in an investigation of a claim of harassment or discrimination is a serious violation of this policy and will be subject to disciplinary action. Acts of retaliation should be reported immediately through the channels identified above.

VII. Resolution of Complaint

Appropriate discipline, up to and including termination of employment, will be imposed if an investigation results in a finding the behavior prohibited by this policy has occurred. False and malicious complaints of harassment, discrimination or retaliation will not be tolerated and appropriate disciplinary action will be imposed. 

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