Sexual Harassment Policy

Harassment, including sexual harassment, is prohibited by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office for Civil Rights, and state regulations (R.S.23:301,312,332), and therefore, it is the policy of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors and Bossier Parish Community College that unlawful harassment of employees and students is prohibited.

Harassment is physical, verbal, and visual conduct that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment, which interferes with work/academic performance. This includes harassment because of race, sex, sexual orientation, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability or medical condition, age, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.

Sexual Harassment is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature…when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment/academic success, (2) submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment/academic decisions affecting such individual, or (3) such conduct has the purpose and effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work/academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working/academic environment.

LCTCS applies this definition to the areas of academic advancement, academic standing, or academic performance.

Workplace/academic harassment infringes on employees/student’s rights to a comfortable work/academic environment and it is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of the employment/academic relationship. No employee/student, male or female, should be subjected to unsolicited and unwelcome overtures or conduct, either verbally, visually, physically, or electronically transmitted. Although this list is not all-inclusive, examples of conduct that is prohibited include:

  • Taking any personnel/academic action on the basis of an employee’s/student’s submission to or refusal of sexual overtures
  • Unwelcome or unwanted conversation
  • Unwelcome or unwanted touching
  • Continued or repeated verbal abuse of sexual nature
  • Explicit or degrading verbal comments, suggestions, or slurs about another individual or his/her appearance
  • Offensive comments regarding sexual or private matters
  • Display of sexually suggestive pictures, objects
  • Offensive jokes
  • Verbal abuse, comments, names, or slurs that in any way relate to an individual’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, or disability
  • Any other offensive or abusive physical, visual or verbal conduct

This policy applies to all members of the LCTCS Board of Supervisors, unclassified employees, students, supervisors, managers, faculty, vendors, and all other individuals doing business with LCTCS. It is the policy of LCTCS that no member of the LCTCS community may harass another. This includes harassment of an employee by another employee, of a student by an employee, of an employee by a student, of a student by another student. Additionally, under appropriate circumstances, LCTCS may take action to protect its employees and students from harassment, on LCTCS property, or at LCTCS sponsored events, by individuals who are not students or employees of LCTCS.

A complaint of harassment should be presented as promptly as possible after the alleged harassment occurs. Any employee who believes he/she is the subject of harassment or who has knowledge of harassing behavior must report such conduct to his/her direct supervisor, and the institution’s human resource department. All institutions are required to develop a system of recording all formal written complaints to be submitted and kept on file in the institution’s Chancellor’s office and in the office of the System President for LCTCS system office staff.

Any student who believes he/she is the subject of harassment or who has knowledge of harassing behavior must report such conduct to Student Services personnel. He/she also may submit a complaint to the institution’s Chancellor. No student or employee is required to report or make a complaint of harassment to the person who is allegedly engaging in the problematic conduct. In the event that an individual feels uncomfortable making a complaint at the institution level, such complaints may be made at the system level with the LCTCS Director of Human Resources (225-219-8700), Louisiana Community and Technical College System, 265 South Foster Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806. Each campus is required to provide to employees and students a copy of this policy and post a poster with contract list identifying individual names, titles, physical locations and telephone numbers where complaints may be filed.

Employee complaints of harassment should be reported to:

Teri Bashara, Director of Human Resources
Human Resources Office, A-105; Phone 318-678-6040

Student complaints of harassment should be reported to:

Vice Chancellor for Student Services, Karen Recchia
Student Services Office; Phone 678-6036
Chancellor Rick Bateman, A-233; Phone 318-678-6112

Complaints of harassment will be investigated promptly and in as impartial and confidential a manner as possible. A member of human resources will conduct investigations, unless otherwise deemed necessary, in order to assure an impartial and confidential investigation. LCTCS will not tolerate any type of discipline or retaliation, direct or indirect, against any employee or other person who, in good faith, files a complaint of or responds to questions in regard to having witnessed prohibited harassment. False charges are treated as serious offenses and may result in disciplinary and/or civil action.

Any employee/student or member of management who is found, after appropriate investigation to have engaged in harassing conduct is subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and/or student standing per the institution’s current policies which govern students, the Code of Student Conduct.

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