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2.01.002 - Civility

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Approved: 9/19/2011
Reaffirmed: 11/20/2012
Approved By: Board of Trustees
Section: 01 - GENERAL

As previously stated in its policy on Intellectual Discourse and Freedom of Speech, the Board of Trustees affirms its commitment to the principles of free speech guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.  At the same time, the Board believes that intellectual discourse and free speech must occur in a civil environment free from harassment, intimidation, and violence.  It is the expectation of the Board that all individuals associated with the College shall treat all other individuals associated with the College with respect and dignity. 

It shall be a violation of this policy for any individual or group of individuals, regardless of status as a member of the community, student, administrator, support staff, or faculty, to engage in any of the following behaviors:

  • Harassment of an individual or a group of individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, disability or religion;
  • Physical harassment or assault with the effect of causing apprehension or fear in another or of creating a hostile environment;
  • Verbal or electronic harassment with the effect of causing apprehension or fear in another or of creating an environment perceived as hostile. In this context, harassment shall include, but not be limited to:
    • Use of foul, abusive or demeaning language, either written or verbal;
    • Use of obscene gestures directed toward another, either as a group or individual;
    • Initiating and/or participating in the spreading of false or malicious rumors about any individual or group;
    • Deliberately filing a false and/or malicious report or complaint under this or other College policies.
  • Knowingly or recklessly interfering with any individual in the normal performance of her/his assigned duties or activities as a student;
  • Engaging in any activity intended to interfere with or retaliate against an individual who has filed a complaint under this or another College policy;
  • Other behaviors that have the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s educational or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

To ensure compliance with the intent of this policy, the Board directs the President of the College to develop and publish appropriate procedures for reporting and addressing alleged violations of this policy.

Nothing contained within this policy prohibits concerted activity as protected by the National Labor Relations Act and the Pennsylvania Public Employee Relations Act.