BP 3430: Prohibition of Harassment

All forms of harassment are contrary to basic standards of conduct between individuals. State and federal law and this policy prohibit harassment, and Mt. Hood Community College will not tolerate harassment. This policy applies to all members of the College community, including Board of Education members, employees, students, volunteers, and interns.

The College is committed to providing an academic and work environment that respects the dignity of individuals and groups. The College shall be free of all forms of unlawful harassment. Harassment is unlawful if it is based on any of the following statuses: sex or gender, national origin, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, gender expression, race, including physical characteristics that are historically associated with race, including but not limited to natural hair, hair texture, hair type and protective hairstyles, color, genetic information, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military and veteran status, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. For the College’s policy regarding sexual harassment under Title IX, see BP 3433 Prohibition of Sexual Harassment under Title IX and accompanying regulations

Mt. Hood Community College seeks to foster an environment in which employees, students, and other members of the campus community feel free to report incidents of harassment without fear of retaliation or reprisal. Therefore, the College also strictly prohibits retaliation against any individual for filing a complaint of harassment or for participating in a harassment investigation. Such conduct is illegal and constitutes a violation of this policy. The College will investigate all allegations of retaliation swiftly and thoroughly. If the College determines that someone has retaliated, it will take all reasonable steps within its power to stop such conduct. Individuals who engage in retaliatory conduct are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination or expulsion

Any student, employee, or other member of the campus community who believes that they have been harassed or retaliated against in violation of this policy should immediately report such incidents by following the regulations described in AR 3435 Discrimination and Harassment Complaints and Investigations and AR 3432 Workplace Harassment. The College requires supervisors to report all incidents of harassment and retaliation that come to their attention

This policy applies to all aspects of the academic environment, including but not limited to classroom conditions, grades, academic standing, employment opportunities, scholarships, recommendations, disciplinary actions, and participation in any community college activity. In addition, this policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, evaluation, disciplinary action, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, training opportunities, and compensation

To this end, the President shall ensure that the institution undertakes education and training activities to counter harassment and to prevent, minimize, or eliminate any hostile environment that impairs access to equal education opportunity or impacts the terms and conditions of employment.

The President shall establish regulations that define harassment on campus. The President shall further establish regulations for employees and students and other members of the campus community that provide for the investigation and resolution of complaints regarding harassment and discrimination and regulations for students to resolve complaints of harassment and discrimination. State and federal law and this policy prohibit retaliatory acts by Mt. Hood Community College, its employees, students, and agents. Regulations will be established in accordance with BP 2510 Participation in Local Decision-Making.

Mt. Hood Community College will publish and publicize this policy and related written regulations (including the procedure for making complaints) to students and employees, particularly when they are new to the institution. The College will make this policy and related written regulations (including the procedure for making complaints) available in all administrative offices and will post them on the College’s website.

Employees who violate the policy and regulations may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. Students who violate this policy and related regulations may be subject to disciplinary measures up to and including expulsion.

Adopted:  3/8/06

Revised:   4/6/10

References: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S. Code Section 2000e-2
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; 20 U.S. Code Sections 1681 et seq.;
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA); 
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); 
34 Code of Federal Regulations Part 106
ORS 659A 
ORS 243