Sexual Harassment Policy

American Sentinel University considers sexual harassment in all its forms to be a serious offense and one that is subject to a range of actions up to and including suspension or dismissal. Sexual harassment by students, faculty or staff is a violation of American Sentinel policy and will not be tolerated.

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a condition of an individual’s enrollment at the university.
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for an academic decision affecting the individual.
  3. Such conduct interferes with an individual’s right to achieve an educational objective or to study in an environment free of intimidation, hostility or threats stemming from acts or language of a sexual nature.

If you are sexually harassed, please follow these steps:

  1. Tell the harasser firmly, clearly and directly what specific comments or advances are unwelcome.
  2. Keep a record of all dates, times, places and types of incidents that have occurred and make a note of witnesses. It is important to be accurate and thorough when documenting incidences.
  3. Report sexual harassment incidents to the dean. All complaints must be reported to the appropriate program office within 180 days of the incident.
  4. Follow the steps outlined by the dean.

Reporting of sexual harassment incidents is considered sensitive and confidential. Dissemination of information relating to sexual harassment incidents will be limited in order to protect the privacy of those involved.

When investigating allegations of sexual harassment, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) looks at the circumstances and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. A determination on the allegations is made from the facts on a case-by-case basis.