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Sexual Harassment Policy Overview

Board Policy (BP) 3-120 and BP 4-120 provides that employees and students shall not be subjected to unlawful discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion or sexual orientation in employment conditions or educational programs or activities.

Sexual misconduct: defined, includes a broad range of behavior such as:

  • Inappropriate physical touching, sexual exploitation
  • Sexual intercourse without consent
  • Other forms of sexual violence
  • Sexual Harassment

Sexual misconduct may be a crime. Sexual misconduct by anyone is unacceptable and will be addressed in a timely fashion and with serious consequences by Otero.

This policy and procedure are Otero’s grievance procedure required by Title IX. This policy and procedure are designed to provide students charged with sexual misconduct with due process while ensuring a reporting party’s protections under Title IX and providing prompt and equitable resolution of charges. This policy and procedure also applies for Title VII in relation to employment.

When the accused party (respondent) to a discrimination and/or harassment complaint is a student, an Administrator/Professional Technical employee(s), Faculty and Adjunct Instructor(s), classified employee(s) (Otero employees), authorized volunteer(s), guest(s) or visitor(s) within Otero Junior College (Otero) these procedures will apply.