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Anti-Bullying/Harassment Reference Board Policy 579 Harassment and bullying of students and employees are against federal, state, and local policy, and are not tolerated by the College. The College is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil college environment in which all members of the college are treated with dignity and respect. To that end, the College has in place policies, procedures, and practices that are designed to reduce and eliminate bullying and harassment as well as processes and procedures to deal with incidents of bullying and harassment. Bullying and harassment of students by students, college employees, and volunteers who have direct contact with students will not be tolerated in the college. The College prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing, or any other victimization of students based on any of the following actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including but not limited to age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status. This policy is in effect while students are on property within the jurisdiction of the College; while in college-owned or college-operated vehicles; while attending or engaging in college-sponsored activities; and while away from college grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the college. If, after an investigation, a student is found to be in violation of this policy, the student shall be disciplined by appropriate measures up to, and including, suspension and expulsion. Harassment and bullying mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile college environment that meets one or more of the following conditions: • Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property; • Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health; • Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s performance; or • Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the college. “Electronic” means any communication involving the transmission of information by wire, radio, optical cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means. “Electronic” includes but is not limited to communication via electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager service, cell phones, electronic text messaging, or similar technologies. Harassment and bullying may include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors and circumstances: • Verbal, nonverbal, physical, or written harassment, bullying, hazing, or other victimization that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim; • Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim; • Implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, property, etc. that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim; • Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim; and/or • Unreasonable interference with the student’s performance or creation of an intimidating, offensive, or hostile learning environment. In situations between students and college officials, faculty, staff, or volunteers who have direct contact with students, bullying and harassment may also include the following behaviors: • Requiring that a student submit to bullying or harassment by another student, either explicitly or implicitly, as a term or condition of the targeted student’s education or participation in college programs or activities; and/or • Requiring submission to or rejection of such conduct as a basis for decisions affecting the student. Any person who promptly, reasonably, and in good faith reports an incident of bullying or harassment under this policy to a college official, shall be immune from civil or criminal liability relating to such report and to the person’s participation in any administrative, judicial, or other proceeding relating to the report. Retaliation against any person, because the person has filed a bullying or harassment complaint or assisted or participated in a harassment investigation or proceeding, is also prohibited. Individuals who knowingly file false harassment complaints and any person who gives false statements in an investigation shall be subject to discipline by appropriate measures, as shall any person who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy. Any student found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, suspension and expulsion. The college will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying or harassment. Sandy Bruns, Beth Frankenstein, or designee will be responsible for handling all complaints alleging bullying or harassment. It also is the responsibility of the President, in conjunction with the investigator, to develop procedures regarding this policy. The college shall annually publish this policy in the student handbook and a copy shall be made to any person at the Human Resources Office, 603 West Park Street, Sheldon, Iowa. 42 Northwest Iowa Community College Catalog 2016–2017 Student Rights


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