Saginaw Valley State University (“University”) is committed to providing work and learning opportunities without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, weight, or on any other basis protected by state, federal, or other applicable law, and to achieving its objectives in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination.
It is the University's policy to treat faculty, staff and students equally without regard to any personal characteristic protected by applicable law.
Sexual and Other Harassment Prohibited
The University is committed to maintaining an environment where no individual, including, but not limited to, faculty, staff, students, applicants for employment, contractors, customers, consultants, visitors, or vendors experiences sexual harassment or harassment based on any personal characteristic protected by applicable law. The University will respond promptly to reports of violations of this policy.
The Law and the University's Policy
The law defines "sexual harassment" as unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when (a) submission to or rejection of such advances, requests, or conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment, education, housing or participation in any University activity; or (b) such advances, requests or conduct have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's employment, education, housing or participation in any University activity by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or sexually offensive environment. It is the University’s policy to vigorously enforce these prohibitions.
Reports of Prohibited Conduct:
Investigation and Corrective Measures:
Retaliation in any form against an individual who reports a violation of this policy, or who provides information in the course of an investigation of a reported violation, is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.
The University is committed to investigating and resolving reports of violation of this policy in such a way as to maintain confidentiality to the fullest extent permitted by the circumstances and to the extent permitted by law. Individuals who report violations or who are contacted in the course of an investigation are expected to treat reports of violations or information regarding reports as strictly confidential. A breach of confidentiality may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
Adopted 4/07/86 BC
Revised 8/12/11 PRES
Revised 4/01/15 PRES