Section 2. Scope of the Policy

  1. This policy applies to any form of gender discrimination that is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent to deny or limit an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from any program or educational opportunity provided by Georgetown College. Upon notice of gender discrimination, Georgetown College is responsible to take immediate steps to eliminate the harassment, remedy its’ effects and prevent its’ recurrence. This policy applies to all College‐related activities both on and off campus and applies to all individuals involved in these activities. This policy applies to all students, faculty, and staff (hourly or salary) regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Any member of the Georgetown College community found in violation of these policies may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment.
  2. Likewise, the policy also applies to conduct by third parties, who are not themselves employees or students of Georgetown (such as a visiting speaker, contracted professional or visiting athletic team). The disciplinary actions the College may take will differ depending on the level of control the school has over the harasser. Regardless of the level of disciplinary action that may be taken, Georgetown is committed to remedying the effects of any gender discrimination and preventing its’ recurrence.
  3. It should be noted that harassment does not include verbal expressions or written material that is relevant and appropriately related to course subject matter or curriculum. The policy does not limit classroom teaching concerning sexual topics legitimately related to the content or purposes of a course, even though such topics may elicit discomfort in a class member. Nor is this policy intended to limit scholarly research, publication, or public speaking on gender‐related topics.
  4. All members of the Georgetown College community are required to comply with the policy and procedures outlined to address complaints. In addition to the procedures outlined herein, discrimination and harassment complaints may be filed with the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Any complaint of sexual harassment filed under the College’s policy shall be processed even if the reporting party also files a complaint or suit with an outside agency, U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Retaliation against anyone who makes a complaint or participates in the complaint process will not be tolerated.

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