Sexual Harassment Policy

Policy

The Paideia Institute is committed to the maintenance of a program and work environment free from all forms of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment violates company policy as well as federal, state, and local laws. It is neither permitted nor condoned. The coverage of this policy extends to all instructors, participants, and employees in any Paideia Institute programs.

It is also a violation of the Paideia Institute’s policy against sexual harassment for any employee or student at the Paideia Institute to attempt in any way to retaliate against a person who makes a claim of sexual harassment.

Any individual who is found to have violated the Paideia Institute’s policy against sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, reprimand, suspension, termination, or expulsion. The disciplinary action taken will depend upon the severity of the offense.

Definition

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to such conduct is an explicit or implicit condition of employment or academic success;

  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for an employment or academic decision; or

  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or academic environment. 

While sexual harassment often takes place where there is a power differential between the persons involved, it also may occur between persons of the same status. Sexual harassment can occur anywhere, both between members of the same gender as well as between members of different genders.

Complaint Procedure

Any participant who believes he or she has been sexually harassed should contact one of the Paideia Institute directors. All complaints will be given serious, impartial, and timely consideration. While every effort will be made to protect the privacy rights of all parties, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

If an individual is found to have violated company policy against sexual harassment, steps will be taken to stop the harassment and the violator will be subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, oral or written warning, suspension, or expulsion from the program. If it is found that the complaint is without reasonable foundation, the parties will be so informed and will also be informed that no further action is warranted. A record of the findings and the action taken will be kept.