Policies on Harassment
A Sexual Harassment:
It is the policy of the Board of Regents,
State of Iowa, to provide a campus environment for students, faculty, and staff that is
free from sexual harassment; to provide appropriate institutional complaint and appeal
processes to ensure thorough and prompt investigation of allegations of sexual harassment;
and to apply appropriate disciplinary sanctions to those who engage in sexual harassment.
No employee or student may engage in sexual harassment as defined by federal and
state law, including rules adopted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the
United States Department of Education and the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. Nor may any employee or student engage in
sexually inappropriate conduct contributing to a sexually hostile environment. This rule shall not be interpreted so as to
restrict the right of free expression and academic freedom consistent with the educational
mission of the Regent institutions.
Regent institutions shall adopt internal guidelines and policies to inform
employees and students of the kinds of behavior that will result in disciplinary actions. The Regent institutions shall also adopt
procedures for filing complaints or grievances of sexual harassment, for investigation of
allegations of harassment, for appeals relating to the findings of such investigations and
for the application of appropriate sanctions when they determine harassment has occurred.
This policy and institutional policies and procedures established to implement it,
including rights of appeal, are to be communicated to students, faculty, and staff. The policies shall be explained to all new
faculty and staff during their employment interviews or at the onset of their employment. Orientation sessions for new students will include
an explanation of institutional policies on sexual harassment. The institutions shall provide education and
training as necessary to effectuate the policy of the Board.
B. Policy on Harassment and
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, is
committed to the ideal of educational institutions as forums for the free exchange of
ideas. Diversity of people and ideas is a
goal of these institutions and tolerant, civil discourse is their trademark. The faculty, staff and students of institutions
under the governance of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, comprise communities whose
common commitment is to learning. This
commitment requires that the highest value be placed on the use of reason and that
harassment and violence involving Regent institutions be renounced as inimical to their
goals. Although some views may be unpopular
and shocking to members in an educational community, as well as to visitors, the right to
express those views within legal limits is protected by the first amendment to the United
States Constitution. This protection,
although broad, does not extend to illegally tolerated.
It is the policy of the Board of Regents to
provide campus environments for students, faculty and staff that are free from conduct
which constitutes illegal discriminatory harassment based on individual characteristics of
race, ethnic or national origin, gender, color, disability, creed, religion, affectional
or associational preference, age or any other basis protected by law or policy.
Regent institutions shall take appropriate action when any act or misconduct in violation of this policy occurs in one of the following circumstances:
1.The act is committed on the campus or at an institution-sponsored
The act is
committed by an institutional community member while
The following acts, when committed under one of the circumstances
which follow, may trigger institutional action:
Any acts prohibited by the Iowa Criminal Code
Any conduct, which has the purpose or reasonably foreseeable effect of unreasonably
interfering with an individuals academic efforts, employment, participation in
institutional-sponsored extracurricular activities, or personal health, safety and
The following examples are illustrative of
the acts proscribed by this policy, but are not meant to be exclusive:
1. Physical assault or abuse.
Sexual assault or abuse.
Threats with a weapon (display of a weapon accompanied by statements or actions
which cause justifiable fear or apprehension).
Verbal or other threats of physical or sexual assault.
Damage or destruction of anothers private property for the purpose of
demeaning the owner or owners.
Intimidation by threat of violence.
Regent institutions will have in place
appropriate institutional appeal procedures to ensure thorough and prompt investigations
of allegations of harassment and violent conduct under this policy and shall apply
appropriate disciplinary sanctions to those who engage in such conduct.
This policy and institutional policies and
procedures utilized to implement it, including rights of appeal, are to be communicated to
students, faculty and staff. The institutions
shall provide education and training as necessary to effectuate this policy.