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Harassment: Manhattanville College is committed to an environment that encourages fair, humane, and beneficial treatment to all faculty, administrators, staff and students. In accordance with that fundamental objective, the College has a continuing commitment to ensure equal opportunity and to oppose discrimination because of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, class, religion, national origin, disability, color, creed, ethnicity, citizenship, marital status, familial status, military or veteran status or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state and local laws, regulations or ordinances. Any behavior on or off campus that shows lack of respect for others including intimidation or threatening behavior, hazing, and all forms of assault are prohibited under this policy. It is expected that each member of the College community will be responsible for the proper observation of this policy. Harassment in any form is expressly forbidden and will not be tolerated at Manhattanville College. Harassment is:


  • any conduct or behavior that is directed at a person or group of persons, including curses, epithets, or slurs, which create a clear and present danger of a violent reaction or breach of the peace, or actually causes such violent reaction or breach of the peace.
  • behavior of any kind that involves an express or implied threat to interfere with an individual's personal safety, academic efforts, employment, or participation in College sponsored or sanctioned extracurricular activities, and causes the person to have a reasonable apprehension that such harm is about to occur. Affected behavior(s) may include a single event or a series of events.
  • use of the telephone, computer, text message or a computer network to leave unwanted obscene, abusive, or repetitive calls or messages will also constitute harassment. This may include seemingly benign behavior that has a hostile impact on the victim.


Sexual Harassment: The College seeks to foster a community in which work and learning may proceed in a humane and caring atmosphere for all its members. Sexual harassment is a violation of Federal law as well as College policy, and will not be tolerated.

The College defines sexual harassment as unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that relates to the gender or sexual identity of an individual and that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating or hostile environment for study, work or social living in which:


  1. submission to such conduct is made, explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s employment or status in a program, course or activity;
  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for decisions affecting such individual’s status in a program, course or activity, or employment decision affecting such individual: and
  3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance at the College or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or work environment.



Prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited, to those that fall into the following two categories of sexual harassment;


  1. quid pro quo (this for that)- harassment in which a supervisory employee or academic superior demands sexual favors in exchange for job or academic benefits over which that supervisor has some control or influence.
  2. hostile work environment- unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile environment and has the foreseeable effect of interfering with an individual’s work, academic performance or social living.


Examples are as follows:

  • Verbal: sexual innuendos, suggestive comments, insults, humor and jokes about sex or gender-specific traits, sexual propositions and threats.
  • Non-verbal: suggestive or insulting sounds, leering, whistling, obscene gestures and display of graphic materials of a sexual nature.
  • Physical: pinching, touching, patting, or brushing the body, coerced sexual intercourse, assault or molestation.
  • Written or Electronic: cartoons, letters, use of the telephone or a computer network to portray or send inappropriate, obscene, abusive or repetitive calls or messages.


Sexual harassment may be overt or subtle and may involve persons of the same or different gender. The policy applies to all relationships between Manhattanville College faculty, administrators, staff, graduate and undergraduate students on or off campus, including student-to-student interaction.


Sexual Misconduct: Sexual misconduct is defined as sexual contact without consent, which causes physical or emotional discomfort to the victim. Sexual contact, which continues after voluntary consent has been withdrawn, is also considered sexual misconduct. To constitute lack of consent, the contact(s) must be committed either by force, threat, intimidation or through the victim's mental or physical helplessness of which the accused was aware or should have been aware, such as when under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Acts of sexual contact include but are not limited to: sexual intercourse; sexual penetration with an object; sodomy (oral sex or anal intercourse); or the intentional touching of a person's genitals, breasts, thighs, or buttock (including the unwelcome touching of the victim by the accused or situations where the victim has been forced to touch the accused).