Non-Discrimination Policy

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY

It is the policy of Sacred Heart University to comply with the law regarding equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons so as to prohibit unlawful discrimination against persons because of race, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, color, marital status, veteran status, religion, age, disability, handicap, national origin or ancestry in its employment policies and its education and admissions programs. Sacred Heart University promotes the full realization of equal employment opportunity throughout the University. Admissions and employment practices and activities are conducted on a non-discriminatory basis as required by law. This policy is also supplemented with a strong commitment to and policy against harassment or retaliation of any kind.

While Sacred Heart University is committed to complying with applicable federal and state statutes, the pursuit of diversity and fairness is, more importantly, grounded in the mission and educational goals of our institution.


SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY


It is the policy of Sacred Heart University that any practice or behavior that constitutes sexual harassment will not be tolerated, and the University is committed to providing and preserving an atmosphere free from harassment in any form. Sexual harassment is illegal and is prohibited by the Connecticut Discriminatory Employment Practices Act (Section 46a-60(a) (8) of the Connecticut General Statutes) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 United States Code Section 2000e et. seq.) The University condemns any offensive or inappropriate sexual behavior at work and within the academic community of the institution. More specifically, the faculty, staff and students of the University will not condone nor be subject to actions and words that constitute sexual harassment, gender discrimination or any other unreasonable interference with their performance based on an individual's gender. Individuals who engage in sexual harassment will be severely disciplined up to and including discharge. Any employee who feels that he/she is being sexually harassed by anyone including supervisors, co-workers, faculty, students or vendors should immediately report the incident to Human Resources.

Some examples of prohibited conduct are:

  •  Demanding sexual favors in exchange for favorable reviews, assignments, promotions, continued employment or other promises.
  •  Continued or repeated sexual jokes, language, flirtation, advances or propositions.
  •  Verbal abuse of a sexual nature.
  •  Graphic verbal commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies.
  •  Sexually degrading or vulgar words to describe an individual.
  •  Leering, whistling, touching, pinching, brushing the body, assault or suggestive, insulting or obscene comments or gestures.
  •  Name calling, gossip, comments or jokes that may be derogatory towards a particular sex. 


The University will investigate every reported incident as soon as possible. Any employee, supervisor or agent of the University who has been found to have sexually harassed an employee will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Investigations will be conducted as thoroughly, discreetly and confidentially as possible. The University recognizes that every investigation requires a determination based on all the facts in the matter.

The employee who has reported the complaint and any employee involved in the investigation has the University’s assurance that no retaliation will be taken as a result of the harassment complaint. It is our policy to encourage discussion of the matter to help protect others from being subject to inappropriate behavior.

The University cannot resolve a sexual harassment issue unless it is communicated to Human Resources. It is the employee’s responsibility to bring any incidents to the attention of Sacred Heart University so that we can take whatever measures necessary to correct the situation.

All supervisors, managers and exempt employees will receive sexual harassment training. Employees who are interested in attending a refresher session should contact Human Resources.


HARASSMENT POLICY

 

Sacred Heart University prohibits harassment of an employee based on, but not limited to, race, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, color, marital status, veteran status, religion, age, disability or handicap, and national origin or ancestry. Improper interference with the ability of Sacred Heart University’s employees to perform job duties will not be tolerated.

While it is not easy to define precisely what harassment is, it certainly includes slurs, epithets, threats, derogatory comments or visual depictions, unwelcome jokes, teasing, and other similar verbal or physical conduct.

Each member of management is responsible for creating an atmosphere free of discrimination and harassment, sexual or otherwise. Employees are responsible for respecting the rights of their coworkers.

Any employee who feels that he/she is being harassed by anyone including supervisors, co-workers, faculty, students or vendors should immediately report the complaint directly to Human Resources.

The University will investigate every reported complaint as thoroughly, discreetly and confidentially as possible. Any employee, supervisor or agent of the University who has been found to have harassed another employee will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

Human Resources will attempt to conduct all investigations as confidentially as possible and conduct a thorough and complete investigation. The University recognizes that every investigation requires a determination based on all the facts in the matter.

The employee who has reported the complaint and any employee involved in the investigation have the University’s assurance that no retaliation will be taken as a result of the harassment complaint. It is our policy to encourage discussion of the matter to help protect others from being subject to inappropriate behavior.