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Policy on Harassment

As a University dedicated to fostering the dignity of each person, HNU strives to provide an environment that is free of harassment. All members of the University community, especially faculty and other individuals who exercise supervisory authority have an obligation to promote this environment.


This policy applies to sexual and racial harassment in which a student is the complainant and a faculty or staff member is the alleged harasser. "Student" means an undergraduate or graduate who is currently enrolled at the Holy Names University campus or is between semesters and eligible for re-enrollment or graduation, or has been an enrolled student within 180 days of initiating the complaint procedure. Harassment may occur in numerous forms, many of which are violations of federal and state laws. For the purposes of this policy, the following is considered harassment:

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone from or in the work or educational setting, under any or the following conditions:

  • Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or a condition of an individual's employment, academic status, or progress.
  • Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of employment or academic decisions affecting the individual.
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual's work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work, educational, or living environment, as judged by a reasonable person.
  • Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as a basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the educational institution.

For a detailed explanation of the policies and procedures for the investigation and resolution of allegations of harassment, please contact the Dean for Student Development and Engagement or the Vice President for Student Affairs.

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