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    Florida State College
  Feb 03, 2023
2010-2011 Catalog [Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011] 
2010-2011 Catalog [Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011] [Archived Catalog]

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Expectations of Student Conduct 
Procedures for General and Academic Appeals 
Procedures for Handling Alleged Academic Dishonesty 
Due Process 
Student Records and Privacy 
Rights for Students in the Associate in Arts Degree Program 
Equal Access — Equal Opportunity 
Harassment and Cyber-harassment 
Sexual Harassment
Other Policies 

Sexual Harassment 

Sexual harassment as defined in District Board of Trustees Rule 6Hx7-2.27, Sexual Harassment, is hereby deemed to be discrimination on the basis of sex and is expressly prohibited by this rule. This prohibition shall apply to every facet of the College’s operation including but not limited to employment and student environments, which include peer harassment. Any violation hereof shall result in disciplinary action, as appropriate.

Definition: 6Hx7-2.27 Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which:

  1. makes submissions to or rejection of such conduct either an explicit or implicit basis for employment, contract and/or academic decisions affecting the individual, or

  2. unreasonably interferes with the individual’s employment, contractual relationship, or academic performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Procedures for Addressing Alleged Discrimination, Unfair or Inequitable Treatment or Sexual Harassment

Grievances relating to alleged discrimination, unfair or inequitable treatment or sexual harassment shall be handled as follows:

Students having a complaint against College employees shall first direct their complaint to the employee, unless the complaint is of such a nature that the student is uncomfortable discussing the matter with the College employee. All student complaints should be communicated within three (3) months following the alleged incident. To initiate the formal grievance process, in the case of alleged sexual harassment, the student shall discuss the complaint with the campus dean of student success or the director of equal access/equal opportunity (equity officer). (If appropriate, the dean or equity officer may designate another individual to discuss the matter with the student.)

If the complaint cannot be resolved informally, then the student shall present a formal grievance in writing to the campus dean of student success or the director of equal access/equal opportunity (equity officer). This shall be done within 15 class days after the alleged incident is reported to the dean or equity officer.

The campus dean of student success or the director of equal access/equal opportunity (equity officer) shall conduct a preliminary investigation and resolve the concern, if possible. If the charge is deemed to merit further review, the campus dean of student success or director of equal access/equal opportunity (equity officer) will discuss the charge with the campus president, vice president of human resources and, if appropriate, the general counsel. Depending on the nature of the charge, the campus president will consult with the general counsel, and the executive vice president for instruction and student success. The matter will be resolved through procedures outlined in APM 02–1701 (Due Process for Career Employees) or APM 02–1702 (Due Process for Instructional, Professional and Administrative Personnel), whichever is appropriate.

The recommendation resulting from the review process shall be submitted to the College president, who will render a final decision in a timely manner.