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Policy Against Sexual Harassment

Resolved, that the Faculty of Barnard College discourages in the strongest possible terms all sexual relationships* between students and faculty members as being incompatible with standards of professional behavior.

*"Consensual" sexual relationships can change into non-consensual or coercive relationships, and can be subject to discipline under the College's sexual harassment policy.
[Resolution passed by the Faculty, May 3, 1999]

Barnard College policy prohibits sexual harassment against any member of the College community and provides for disciplinary action up to and including termination against anyone who violates this policy. Sexual harassment may involve either women or men being harassed by persons of the opposite sex, harassment between persons of the same sex, and harassment because of sexual orientation.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

1.  submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or admission to or participation in an academic program or College-sponsored activity;

2.  submission or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for decisions affecting an individual's employment status or academic standing; or

3.  such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's performance on the job or in the classroom or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or study environment.

[Refer to the College Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment for more information]