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Discrimination And Harassment Policy - Faculty And Staff Concerns

Rhodes College’s Commitment to Diversity

A diverse learning community is a necessary element of a liberal arts education, for self-understanding is dependent upon the understanding of others. We, the members of Rhodes College, are committed to fostering a community in which diversity is valued and welcomed. To that end, Rhodes College does not discriminate -- and will not tolerate harassment -- on the basis of race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, and national or ethnic origin.

We are committed to providing an open learning environment. Freedom of thought, a civil exchange of ideas, and an appreciation of diverse perspectives are fundamental characteristics of a community that is committed to critical inquiry. To promote such an academic and social environment we expect integrity and honesty in our relationships with each other and openness to learning about and experiencing cultural diversity. We believe that these qualities are crucial to fostering social and intellectual maturity and personal growth.

Intellectual maturity also requires individual struggle with unfamiliar ideas. We recognize that our views and convictions will be challenged, and we expect this challenge to take place in a climate of open-mindedness and mutual respect.

I. Rhodes College Statement

Discrimination and harassment on grounds of race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, and national or ethnic origin are forms of misconduct that undermine the institutional mission of the College and thus will not be tolerated. All members of the College community are responsible for maintaining an environment of mutual respect for all persons.

The Dean of Students is responsible for ensuring that students are informed of the Discrimination and Harassment Policy. The Dean of the Faculty and the Chief Human Resources Officer are responsible for taking necessary steps to notify College faculty and staff of the provisions of this policy.

Rhodes College reserves the right to modify these policies and procedures as needed in order to maintain the environment of mutual respect for all persons that is an objective in issuing this present document.

II. Definitions

Discrimination – the act of denying opportunities, resources, or access to an individual or group based on race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, and national or ethnic origin.

Harassment –actions having the purpose or effect to demean, debase, or injure and based on race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national or ethnic origin.

Harassment can include hostile or intimidating verbal or written communications, physical threats or intimidating conduct based on a person’s race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national or ethnic origin that adversely affects the individual and that interferes with a person’s ability to function successfully in her or his academic, work, or social life at Rhodes. Freedom of expression does not include the right to intentionally and maliciously aggravate, intimidate, ridicule or humiliate another person.

It is necessary to consider the intentions and knowledge of the alleged offender in determining whether harassment in violation of this policy has occurred.

III. Process for Faculty and Staff Concerns

All employee complaints of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, whether the complaint involves alleged discrimination or harassment must be reported by the employee to the Chief Human Resources Officer or to the Dean of the Faculty.

The Chief Human Resources Officer receives the complaint from the student when the accused is an employee of the College, either staff or faculty. Student complaints against faculty or staff are not subject to the optional procedures outlined in Section V. Student Concerns of this policy.

Even if you don’t know who is responsible for the incident, students must report incidents of alleged harassment to the Director of Community Standards.

Both discrimination and harassment may be subject to legal action based on applicable laws. Any act that is thought to constitute a crime should be reported to the Chief Human Resources Officer and the Director of Campus Safety.

IV. Retaliation

Anyone who retaliates against any individual making complaints of discrimination or harassment, or anyone making a false or malicious charge against an employee or student of Rhodes College is in violation of this policy and will be subject to sanctions accordingly.

V. Geographic Jurisdiction

To fall within the jurisdiction of these procedures, the act of discrimination or harassment must have been committed against a Rhodes student or employee by another Rhodes student or employee:

(a) on College-owned or leased property

(b) at a College-related function.

Because students may also be sanctioned for conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well being of members of the College community or which is detrimental to the College’s interest whether such conduct occurs on campus, off campus or at College-sponsored events, the College reserves the right to pursue disciplinary action of off-campus incidents on a case by case basis.

Claire Shapiro                    
Chief Human Resources Officer        
HR Office - Evergreen         
901-843-3750                    

Carol Casey
Dean of Students
406 Burrow Hall
901-843-3885
                        
Milton Moreland                
Dean of the Faculty             
300 Halliburton Tower            
901-843-3795