Harassment, Sexual: General

Type

Policy

Category

Institutional Integrity

Department

Human Resources

Phone

(541) 463-5115

Primary Contact

Shane Turner

Contact Email

Narrative

Lane Community College (LCC) is committed to providing an academic and work environment free of unlawful sex harassment under Title IX. This procedure defines sexual harassment on campus.

This procedure and the related policy protects students, employees, in connection with all the academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, and other programs of LCC whether those programs take place in LCC’s facilities, an LCC bus, or at a class or training program sponsored by LCC at another location.

Definitions

Sexual Harassment under Title IX: Conduct that satisfies one or more of the following:

  • An LCC employee conditions the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of LCC on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (quid pro quo harassment);
  • Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to LCC’s education program or activity;
  • Sexual assault, including the following:
    • Sex Offenses. Any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
    • Rape (except Statutory Rape). The carnal knowledge of a person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her/their age or because of his/her/their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity. There is carnal knowledge if there is the slightest penetration of the genital or anal opening of the body of another person.
    • Sodomy. Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her/their age or because of his/her/their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
    • Sexual Assault with an Object. To use an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her/their age or because of his/her/their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity. An "object" or "instrument" is anything the offender uses other than the offender's genitalia, e.g., a finger, bottle, handgun, stick.
    • Fondling. The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her/their age or because of his/her/their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
    • Sex Offenses, Non-Forcible Unlawful, Non-Forcible Sexual Intercourse.
      • Incest. Non-Forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
      • Statutory Rape – Non-Forcible. Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent. There is no force or coercion used in Statutory Rape; the act is not an attack.
    • Dating violence. Violence against a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of a relationship will be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
    • Domestic Violence. Violence committed:
      • By a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim;
      • By a person with whom the victim shares a child in common;
      • By a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner;
      • By a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of Oregon or
      • By any other person against an adult or youth victim protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of Oregon.
  • Stalking. Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his/her/their safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.

All levels of harassment, including student to student harassment, are covered by Lane's harassment policies.

Findings of harassment will depend upon the context of the behavior and all relevant surrounding circumstances Third parties may report incidents of harassment. All efforts will be made to provide a supportive environment for staff and students filing complaints.

Retaliation prohibited

LCC prohibits any intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination against any individual who made a report or complaint of sexual harassment, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in a Title IX investigation, proceeding, or hearing. Individuals who experience retaliation may file a complaint using the formal complaint process described above.

Consequences

If harassment is found to occur, the college will impose consequences and remedies appropriate to the situation. Examples of consequences and remedies for employees include but are not limited to:

  • Mediation
  • Education
  • Training
  • Verbal or written warnings
  • Verbal or written reprimands
  • Suspension with pay
  • Suspension without pay
  • Termination

The college may combine consequences as needed to correct and prevent harassment.

Consequences for students in violation of this policy will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and include:

  • Counseling, education & /or training
  • Written warnings
  • Probation for a specified period of time
  • Loss of privileges
  • Fines
  • Required restitution
  • Discretionary sanctions
  • Suspension from the college
  • Expulsion from the college

See Board Policy 630, as well as the Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Process.

Date Adopted

Saturday, May 1, 1999

Date Last Reviewed

Tuesday, August 11, 2020