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Sexual Harassment

Colorado College prohibits sexual harassment by or against its students. Behavior that may constitute sexual harassment under this policy includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where submission to such conduct is made a term or condition of the student’s employment or education; or submission or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting the student, or such conduct has the effect or purpose of substantially interfering with a student’s work or academic performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile or demeaning employment or learning environment.

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination (refer to the Anti-Discrimination Policy and Procedures in this section of the Pathfinder for more information), and may involve either female or male students being harassed by persons of the opposite sex, harassment between persons of the same sex, or harassment because of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Although sexual harassment involves sexual conduct that is unwelcome, students should understand that even consensual sexual relations may lead to complaints that the policy has been violated where one party to the relationship has power or authority over the other, one party no longer wishes to continue the relationship, actual or potential abuse exists in the relationship, or where third parties not involved in the relationship believe it is affecting their own employment or educational environment.

If you believe you have been or are being sexually harassed by a college employee, you may choose to address the situation by informal consultation procedures or by filing a formal complaint under the college’s Anti-Discrimination Policy. For complaints against a student, please refer to the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures in the College Policies and Procedures section of the Pathfinder. The confidentiality of your complaint will be preserved to the greatest extent possible, and you should not hesitate to contact members of the student life office for clarification and guidance regarding this policy and other related college policies.