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Harassment Policies

Harassment Policy
Central Penn is committed to providing an environment that is free of discrimination and
harassment. Actions, words, jokes or comments based on an individual’s race, national
origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, ability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender
identity or any other legally protected characteristic will not be tolerated.

Harassment (both overt and subtle) is a form of misconduct that is demeaning to another
person, and is strictly prohibited. Central Penn prohibits acts of retaliation against anyone
involved in lodging a complaint of harassment. Conversely, Central Penn considers
intentionally filing false reports of harassment a violation of this policy. Anyone engaging
in any type of harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including
permanent dismissal. Students experiencing any type of harassment should contact the
Director of Equity at equity@centralpenn.edu immediately with details of the behaviors
encountered, so an investigation can be completed.

Gender Discrimination/Sexual Harassment Policy Statement
The college maintains the principle that the campus should be a place of work and
learning, free of all forms of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, intimidation,
exploitation and sexual misconduct. Sexual harassment is a violation of state and federal
law and College policy, and includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual
favors, or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such
conduct is (explicitly or implicitly) made a term or condition of employment or academic
status, is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions, or when such conduct
has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s educational or
work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, educational,
or living environment.

Gender-based harassment also prohibited. It includes but is not limited to acts of
verbal, nonverbal or physical aggression, intimidation or hostility based on sex or sex
stereotyping, including gender expression or sexual orientation, even if those acts do not
involve conduct of a sexual nature.

Should a student encounter an uncomfortable situation of this nature with another
student or faculty/staff member, he or she should report it immediately to the Title IX
Coordinator (equity@centralpenn.edu). Charges of sexual harassment will be promptly
and thoroughly investigated.

Disability Harassment Policy
Central Penn is committed to providing an environment that is free of discrimination
and unlawful harassment. Actions, words, jokes or comments based on an individual’s
ability will not be tolerated. Students experiencing disability harassment should report
it immediately to the ADA Coordinator (equity@centralpenn.edu). Charges of disability
harassment will be promptly and thoroughly investigated.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Central Penn College values an institutional culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.
The College maintains its commitment to ensure the practice of diversity and inclusion
is upheld in efforts to enrich the experiences of our students, faculty, staff and
administrators. The College recognizes that all members will benefit from a culturally rich
and vibrant environment that embraces our collective diversity. Additionally, Central Penn
reflects this by prioritizing diversity as a strategic objective and subsequently employs
these values in its educational, operational and employment practices.

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