Salem Community College reaffirms its commitment to a positive academic/work environment for all students, faculty, staff, student employees, contractors, vendors, volunteers and visitors. All members of the College community have the right to expect an equitable opportunity environment which promotes them to experience the full benefits of their work and learning experiences. Therefore, the unlawful discrimination, implicit or explicit coercive sexual behavior/harassment, and sexual misconduct will be not tolerated.
Salem Community College complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. As stated by the U.S. Department of Education, Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance.
Title IX states that: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
The Title IX Coordinator and/or Title IX designee, shall investigate allegations of sexual harassment made by students or College employees, and if substantiated, take appropriate action, consistent with State and Federal laws and other Board policies.
Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment;
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decision affecting such individual;
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment; or
- Such verbal or physical conduct interferes with an individual’s work, professional or academic performance, productivity, physical security, extracurricular activities, academic or career opportunities or other services.
Other sexually harassing conduct (also includes conduct via email and/or social media), whether committed by peers or supervisors includes, but is not limited to:
- Unwelcome sexual flirtations, touching, advances or propositions;
- Slurs or other verbal abuse of a sexual nature;
- Graphic or suggestive comments about an individual’s dress or body;
- Sexually degrading works to describe an individual;
- The display in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects or pictures;
- Off-color language or jokes of a sexual nature;
- Questions regarding an individual’s sexual conduct, orientation or preferences; or
- Physical assault. (Any criminal sexual assault will be addressed in compliance with the Salem County College Sexual Assault Policy.)
The College’s policy to provide a work and academic environment free of sexual harassment applies to the conduct of students, faculty, vendors, contractors, visitors, volunteers, and other persons who enter upon College property. No such person shall engage in sexually harassing conduct, as defined in this policy, while on College premises or while taking part in any College-sponsored activity or function.
No Trustee, officer, faculty member, student or employee of Salem Community College is authorized to engage in activity, to take any action or refrain from taking any action, if the action or failure to act will result in a violation of this policy.
Salem Community College will abide by the most current ATIXA One Policy, Two Procedures Model as our guidelines effective August 14, 2020.
To report Title IX violations, please complete the SCC Title IX Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Complaint form. All forms may be submitted directly to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator.