Division: Human Resources
Classification: GOVERNANCE & LEGAL
Contact Phone Number: 503-838-8490
Contact Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Discrimination and Harassment|
|RESPONSIBLE OFFICER||UNIVERSITY CONTACT|
|Vice President and General Counsel||The Office of Human Resources|
Western Oregon University is committed to cultivating an educational and work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to learn and work in an atmosphere that promotes equal educational and employment opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment. Western Oregon University expects relationships across campus will be free from bias, prejudice and harassment. This policy statement is intended to: (a) reaffirm Western Oregon University's prohibition against discrimination and harassment, (b) clarify federal and state protected classes, (c) clarify types of prohibited conduct, and (d) provide an effective complaint procedure to individuals who believe they have been subject to or have observed prohibited conduct.
|The Campus Community|
Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 351, Division 10
Oregon Administrative Rules
Chapter 580, Division 15 and 22
|FULL STATEMENT OF AUTHORITY|
WOU endorses the policy framework adopted by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education on September 9, 2005. The university has established a Committee for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Improper Consensual Relationships (“Committee”) which is charged with the responsibility and authority to:
• Evaluate and recommend training and communication programs
• Evaluate and recommend policies and procedures
• Build campus resources
• Assess campus attitudes in support of a university culture that does not tolerate sexual harassment.
It is the policy of Western Oregon University to provide a campus environment free from illegal discrimination and harassment on the basis of an individual's characteristics within a protected class as defined by Federal and/or State law.
Academic Freedom/Freedom of Expression: This policy shall be applied in a manner that protects academic freedom and freedom of expression within the university. Nothing in this policy shall be construed to limit the expression of ideas, however controversial, that can reasonably be demonstrated to service legitimate education purposes.
Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA): A written agreement between the University and a labor union. References to CBAs contained in this policy are applicable only to employees covered by a CBA.
Complainant: A person or persons allegedly subjected to discrimination, workplace harassment, or sexual harassment.
Campus Community Member: Employees, students, contractors, volunteers, board members, individuals visiting the campus or attending events on campus or sponsored by the campus.
Contractor: For the pupose of this policy, a contractor is an individual or business with whom the University has entered into an agreement or contract to provide goods or services. Qualified rehabilitation facilities who by contract provide temporary workers to the University are considered contractors. Contractors are not subject to ORS 240 but must complly with all federal and state laws. All contractors and contractors’ employees are required to adhere to Western Oregon University’s policy prohibiting discrimination and sexual harassment in their interactions with members of the campus community.
Discrimination: Discrimination, for the purposes of this policy, is defined as any act or practice, in form or operation, whether intended or unintended, that unreasonably illegally differentiates among persons on the basis of characteristics within a protected class such as race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability or any other status protected under law. In employment, making decisions related to hiring, firing, transferring, promoting, demoting, benefits, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment, based on or because of an employee's proteced class status.
Employee: Any person employed by the University in any capacity, such as faculty, unclassified, classified, temporary, students and volunteers.
Higher Standard: Applies to managers and supervisors. Proactively taking an affirmative posture to create and amintain a discimination and harassment free workplace.
Manger/supervisor: Those who supervise or have authority or influence to effect employment decisions.
Protected Classes Under Federal Law: Race; color; national origin; sex (includes gender, pregnancy, and sexual harassment); religion; age (40 and older); disability; a person who uses leave covered by the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act; a person who uses Military Leave; a person who associates with a protected class; a person who opposes unlawful employment practices; files a complaint or testifies about violations or possible violations; and any other protected class as defined by federal law.
Protected classes Under Oregon State Law: All Federally protected classes, additionally; age (18 and older); physical and mental disability; injured worker; a person who uses leave covered by the Oregon family Leave Act; marital status; family relationship; sexual orientation; whistleblower, expunged juvenile record; and any other protected class as defined by state law.
Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is a form of discriminatory harassment. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature when directed toward an individual because of that individual's sex when:
a. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of the individual's employment, grade, or used as the basis for any employment or academic decision; or
b. Such conduct is unwelcome, unwanted or offensive and has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or academic environment.
Examples of Prohibited Conduct - Sexual Harassment, includes but are not limited to: . The following are examples of conduct that may be prohibited under this policy. This list is representative and is not exhaustive:
a. Unwelcome, unwanted or offensive touching or physical closeness contact of a personal sexual nature, which can include such as closeness,leaning over, cornering, impending or blocking movement, assaulting or pinching.
b. Sexual gestures, innuendos, teasing and other sexual talk such as jokes, intimate inquiries, persistent and unwanted courting, and sexist put-downs or insults; epithets; slurs; or derogatory comments.
Sexual Orientation under Oregon State Law: An individual/s actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or gender identity, regardless of whether the individual's gender idently, appearance, expression or behavior differs from that traditionally associated with the individual's sex at birth.
Workplace Harassment: Unwelcome, unwanted or offensive conduct based on or because of a campus community member's protected status that creates an intimidating, hostile, or degrading environment that would interfere with the work or academic performance of a reasonable person of the complainant’s protected status.
Harassment may occur between a manager/supervisor and a subordinate, between employees, between faculty and student, and among non-emplyoees who have business contact with employees. A complainant does not have to be the person harassed, but could be a person affected by the offensive conduct.
Examples of harassing behavior include, but are not limited to, derogatory remarks, slurs or jokes about an individual’s protected class status as listed above for protected classes under Federal and State laws.
Complaints: An effective and clear complaint procedure is a critical element of Western Oregon University's policy against discrimination and harassment. The complaint procedure is open to all employees, applicants and students, except as collective bargaining agreements with the Service Employees International Union and the Federation of Teachers take precedence (reference Administrative Rules OAR 580-015¬0090 et seq.) to address, investigate, and remedy allegations of discrimination or harassment. A formal complaint may also be filed with the Bureau of Labor and Inductries (BOLI) or the equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or if applicable, the United states Department of Labor Civil Rights Center.
Use of an informal process is encouraged may be used as the first step in resolving a discrimination or harassment concern complaint. The complainant should contact the respondent (who may be a person, office or organization) responsible for the policy, practice or act considered discriminatory or harassing within five days of the alleged act. The complainant may also seek guidance from an individual designated as a Resource Guide by the university for assistance from Human Resources. If an informal resolution is not reached, or the complainant chooses, a formal discrimination or harassment complaint can be filed.
A formal complaint of discrimination or harassment must be filed orally or in writing within 12 months (180 days?) of the alleged discriminatory or harassing act. If the complaint is received orally, the Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer, or designee, will convert it to written form. The written form will contain the following information:
1.) Complainant's name, address, status, and telephone number;
2.) The date(s) of the alleged act(s) of discrimination or harassment; and
3.) a detailed description of the conduct or action that is believed to be discriminatory or harassing; An outline of the attempts to resolve the complaint, including the name of the person responsible for the alleged discriminatory or harassing act and the date(s) of the attempts, if any, at resolution;
4.) Names of all parties involved, including witnesses All information pertinent to the complaint;
5.) Resolution A discription of the remedy proposed by the complainant;
6.) Complainant's signature.
The Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer will coordinate and conduct, or delegate responsiblity for coordinating and conducting, an investigation.
Conduct in violation of this policy will not be tolerated.
This policy prohibits retaliation against individuals who file a complaint about prohibited conduct, participate in an investigation, or report observing deiscrimination, workplace haramssment or sexual harassment. or otherwise participate in the process under this policy.
Policy Notification and Training
All employees including temorary employees and volunteers shall:
Human Resources will offer ongoing training/awareness sessions.
Records: The Affirmative Action Officer shall maintain records showing for each academic year:
• The number of formal complaints of discrimination or sexual harassment;
• The number or percentage of those complaints in which discrimination or sexual harassment was found to have occurred;
• The sanction imposed (to the extent consistent with restrictions on disclosure of records); and
• Training records and policies sign-off log.
Assessment: Every four years, the “Committee” shall oversee a study designed to measure the effectiveness of the policy as perceived by students and employees and report those findings to the Board of Higher Education.
|REFERENCED OR RELATED POLICIES|
Standard of Conduct
|RELEVANT DOCUMENTS AND LINKS|
EFFECTIVE DATE: 09/01/1995
LAST UPDATED: 09/22/2016
HISTORICAL DETAIL NOTES:
Stat. Auth.: ORS 351.070
Stats. Implemented: ORS 351.070
Hist.: HEB 3-1978, f. & ef. 6-5-78; HEB 2-1982, f. & ef. 4-20-82; HEB 2-1988, f. & cert. ef. 3-16-88; HEB 11-1990(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-3-90; HEB 15-1990, f. & cert. ef. 11-7-90; HEB 16-1990, f. & cert. ef. 12-18-90; HEB 4-1991, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-91; HEB 1-1993, f. & cert. ef. 2-5-93; HEB 5-1996, f. & cert. ef. 12-18-96
SOURCE: Previously Referred to as: PRE-HR-002, Previously Referred to as: OUS OAR 580-022-0050
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