30. Sexual/Discriminatory Harassment
Sexual harassment of students and employees at Texas A&M University-Commerce is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other physical conduct or expressive behavior (verbal or nonverbal) of a sexual nature where: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of intimidating, hostile, or demeaning employment or educational environment. Persons engaging in sexual harassment in violation of this University policy are subject to penalties that may range from a warning to a reprimand to dismissal as a student and/or termination as an employee. Incidents of alleged sexual harassment may be reported to the Office of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity.
Discriminatory harassment is not tolerated in this University. One who by extreme and outrageous language or conduct concerning race, color, age, disability, national origin, or religion, intentionally causes severe emotional distress in the ordinary person of that race, color, national origin or religion. If an employee believes they are a victim of discriminatory harassment, they should immediately contact the Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity.
Any person who brings a claim or complaint of discrimination or harassment, or who assists in the investigation of such claim or complaint, will not be adversely affected in the terms and conditions of employment, or discriminated against or discharged because of the complaint or assistance. Complaints of such retaliation will be promptly investigated by the Department of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity and, when warranted, the persons engaging in the retaliatory conduct will be subject to disciplinary action.