Sexual Harassment Policy for Sponsored Research

Note: this policy applies to sponsored research office only.  Test of the campus falls under the college's primary sexual harassment policy, which can be found here.

What Is Sexual Harassment?

Definition

The State University College at Plattsburgh as an educational institution is responsible for providing a sex-fair environment for both employees and students in which acts of sexual harassment are not to be tolerated. Such acts are defined as unwelcome comments, gestures, or physical conduct that are experienced by the recipient as unwanted, or inappropriate behaviors of a sexual nature that set conditions for employment or learning opportunities or that have the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for learning or working.

Sexual harassment can occur in any number of circumstances and might involve students and their professors, co-workers in offices and departments, and students in their interaction with each other. Harassment behavior could include such things as the following:

  • Pressure or demands for sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning one's grades, recommendations, performance evaluation, promotion, or access to employment or learning opportunities.
  • Inappropriate touching, patting, pinching, or constant brushing against a person's body.
  • Unwelcome invasion of personal space when perceived as a sexual advance, sexually degrading comments directed at an individual or inappropriate use of sexually suggestive visual material, jokes, or comments.

In determining whether alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment, all of the information available should be examined, including the nature of the conduct and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred.

Actions You Can Take

Talk to the person who has offended you, or write the person a letter if you are uncomfortable with a face-to-face meeting. Carefully explain why you view the particular comment, joke, or behavior as sexually harassing. Frequently people aren't aware of how their remarks or actions affect someone else, and communication your feelings to the offending person may help them realize the inappropriateness of their behavior or comments. It can also help them avoid such situations in the future. If you are not satisfied with the results of this effort at resolution, or are afraid to communicate directly with the offending person, or if the harassment persists, consider the following possibilities.

Begin your own documentation of the incident. Write down what happened to you. Compile and save any evidence of the harassment, including things like telephone answering machine tapes. In your written account include where and when the harassment occurred, direct quotes, patterns to the harassment, eyewitnesses, and anything else you feel relevant. Doing this can help clarify things in your own mind and will provide an account that may be helpful in pursuing the matter further. Keep a copy of any letter you may have sent to the offending person.

Talk to a sexual harassment advisor. There is a network of approximately three dozen faculty and staff across the campus who are concerned about sexual harassment and who are available to assist you. They are ready to listen to you, discuss specific incidents, and provide specific major bulletin board on campus or is available through the Affirmative Action Office in Hawkins Hall, 564-3303. Your talk to an advisor will be kept fully confidential if you so desire, subject to limitations of university policy. There is a network of approximately three dozen faculty and staff across the campus who are concerned about sexual harassment and who are available to assist you. They are ready to listen to you, discuss specific incidents, and provide specific major bulletin board on campus or is available through the Affirmative Action Office in the Hawkins Hall, 564-3303. Your talk to an advisor will be kept fully confidential if you so desire, subject to limitations of university policy.

Talk to the Director of the Affirmative Action Office: Dr. Lynda Ames. Call (518) 564-3310. She can pursue several courses of action to ensure resolution of the harassment situation, usually in very informal ways. She can also help you decide whether it is appropriate o file a formal complaint. Your talk with the Director will also be confidential unless you desire it not to be, subject to state law and university policy. She can pursue several courses of action to ensure resolution of the harassment situation, usually in very informal ways. She can also help you decide whether it is appropriate o file a formal complaint. Your talk with the Director will also be confidential unless you desire it not to be, subject to state law and university policy.

Talk to a Resident Assistant or Director the Judicial Coordinator, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, if you feel you are being harassed by a fellow student. Check you Student Conduct Manual for further details. If you feel you are being harassed by a fellow student. Check you Student Conduct Manual for further details.

Remember, if you are ever unsatisfied with the University's efforts at resolving the situation, you can always take the matter to the New York State Division of Human Rights, the State Department of Education, or the Federal Office for Civil Rights. Sexual Harassment Advisors and the Affirmative Action Office can provide you with the addresses.

Sexual Harassment Policy

The purpose of this policy statement is to make clear to the campus community of the State University College at Plattsburgh that harassment on the basis of sex is a violation of the law (Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law) and will not be tolerated. The college will not condone actions and words, which a reasonable person would regard as sexually harassing. It is the responsibility of every administrator, supervisor and faculty member to create and maintain an environment that is free of discrimination and allows full access and opportunity for participation to all members of the college community.

Policy on Sexual Harassment
State University College at Plattsburgh
Adopted January 1984

Claim Your Rights

"You have the right to pursue your studies or your job in an atmosphere that is free from harassing behavior, whether it be based on sex, gender, race, sexual orientation or age.

The College takes seriously its responsibility to provide an environment free from harassment.

If you think you have been the victim of sexual harassment - in the classroom, at your workplace, or anywhere on campus - please contact a Sexual Harassment Advisor. Or, for harassment of any kind, contact the Director of the Office of Affirmative Action.

With your participation, we can maintain an environment where an individual's rights are respected."

Prepared by the Office of Affirmative Action and the Sexual Harassment Committee.

Contact Information

Office: Kehoe 815
Phone: (518) 564-2155
Fax: (518) 564-2157

Research Foundation at SUNY Plattsburgh
Kehoe 815
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901