Harassment and Discrimination Policy

Hendrix College, Student Affairs
Policy # 11180
Effective: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Additional Authority
Responsible Party

1. Statement

Hendrix College strives to maintain an environment free from discrimination and harassment, where employees treat each other with respect, dignity and courtesy. The College adheres to the principle of equal educational and employment opportunity without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy and childbirth), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or national origin.

Further, the College is committed to the maintenance of an atmosphere of civility and respect for all students; individuals who feel that they have been harassed may obtain redress by bringing a complaint, as described below. Complaints about harassment will be responded to promptly and equitably. The right to confidentiality will be respected in both information and formal procedures, insofar as possible. This policy explicitly prohibits retaliation against individuals for bringing complaints of harassment. All employees of Hendrix College are required to successfully complete sexual harassment, as well as Title IX and Campus SaVE Act trainings. This training will be administered within the first 30 days of employment, and on an annual basis thereafter.

We are committed to the diversity of our community and we recognize the worth and dignity of every individual. As an academic institution, we fully support debate and the free exchange of ideas. However, acts or communications which create a hostile educational environment will not be tolerated.

Harassment charges may be applied when actions or communications constitute conduct that is sufficiently severe, pervasive/persistent and patently offensive so that it alters the conditions of education or employment, from both a subjective (the alleged victim's) and an objective (reasonable person's) viewpoint. The determination of whether an environment is "hostile" must be based on all of the circumstanc e s. See the "Gender- Based Misconduct" policy for specific information on sexual harassment.

Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, gestures, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put- downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work or academic performance.

2. How to Report Incidents of Harassment or Discrimination

Students may report all allegations of harassment or discrimination to the Dean of Students Office. If the accused is part of the Dean of Students Office staff, then the report should be made to the Human Resources Office. The procedure for addressing complaints will vary according to whether the accused is a student, visitor, faculty, or staff member. However, the Dean of Students Office will assist the student in addressing the situation in the appropriate manner. Because incidents of harassment and discrimination affect not only the parties involved, but also influence our community environment, individuals are encouraged to report incidents of harassment and discrimination even if the identity of the accused is unknown.

Dependent upon the nature of the alleged incident, methods of addressing the situation may range from a meeting between the accused and appropriate College officials to mediation between involved parties to filing formal conduct charges against the accused. If a student would like assistance in informally addressing alleged misconduct with the accused party individually, then the Dean of Students Office will assist that student with resources as well. At times there are concerns related to harassment and discrimination reported which appear to be general climate issues, or systemic in nature. In these cases there are no specific individuals accused, but rather actions are taking place which result in harassment or discrimination. In these instances, the Hendrix College Climate Response Team address the concern.  

3. Discrimination and Harassment Support Services

Students who are victims of offenses are encouraged to seek support through on-campus and off-campus services. Students may contact the campus Counseling Center on-campus at 501-450-1448 to schedule an appointment to speak confidentially with a campus counselor. There is no charge for this service. Students may also speak with the Director of Multicultural Student Services at 501-450-1222 or the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at 501-450-3824 regarding issues or concerns related to diversity. Students who would like to discuss gender-based issues may contact the Title IX Coordinator, Shawn Goicoechea, in Human Resources at 501-450-1415. Students who would like to discuss LGBTQ-related issues may contact the advisor for the student organization Unity, Tonya Hale, in Student Activities at 501-450-1291. Students who would like to discuss religion-based issues may contact the Office of the Chaplain at 501-450-1263. Students who would like to discuss disability-based issues may contact Julie Brown in the Academic Success Office at 501-505-2954. Students may also choose to contact support agencies on and off campus which include the following:

Residential Life Office professional staff (450-1416) Dean of Students Office (450-1222)

Hendrix Public Safety Department (450-7711) Conway Police Department (911)

Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney's Victim Services Center (501-450-3051) National Center for Victims of Crime www.victimsofcrime.org

Arkansas Legal Services Partnership at (1-800-952-9243) or http://www.arlegalservices.org/ or for legal assistance

24-hour Conway Women's Shelter Crisis Hotline (866-358-2265) Rape Crisis Hotline (501-801-2700) or (877-432-5368)

Hope Reinn National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-4673)

Just Communities of Arkansa s www.arkansasjustcommunities.org


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