Aug 05, 2020  
Student Handbook 
Student Handbook

Sexual Harassment Policy

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College affirms its commitment to maintain a learning environment and workplace free of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct for its students and employees. No student or College employee of either sex shall impose a requirement of sexual cooperation for employment or academic advancement, or in any way contribute to or support unwelcome physical or verbal sexual behavior.


Members of the College Community are advised that coercive and unwelcome sexual contact is unlawful and will not be tolerated. Sexual offenses will be immediately pursued through both criminal and College disciplinary procedures. The College will not shield or protect its members from legal consequences of these actions and will cooperate fully in the investigation and prosecution of these cases. College disciplinary sanctions shall be made independently for the same violation.


Sexual harassment is a violation of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972. These laws include prohibition of discrimination in employment and educational program and services on the basis of sex. The following guidelines apply equally to students and employees:
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  1. Submission to the conduct is either an explicit or implicit term condition of employment, instruction or participation in College activities;
  2. Submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as a basis for making employment or academic decisions affecting the person rejecting or submitting to the conduct; or
  3. The conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the affected person’s academic or work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive college environment.

Any student who believes he or she has been sexually harassed should contact the Title IX Coordinator, Campus Safety and Security, or site directors. If for any reason he/she is uncomfortable with this, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services should be contacted. If a Vice President is the alleged offender, the student should contact the Title IX Coordinator.

All complaints are treated seriously and will be given impartial and timely consideration. The complainant and the accused will be informed of the findings of any investigation. While every effort will be made to protect the privacy rights of all parties, anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

Sexual harassment or sexual misconduct will not be tolerated within the college community either in the workplace, living environment or in any collegial setting involving faculty, staff, administrators, or students.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will not tolerate any retaliation against any person who brings a complaint of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct to its attention. Allegations of retaliation should be brought immediately to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator. Complaints are treated seriously and will be investigated. Confidentiality will be maintained within the process of the investigation to the extent possible.