Sexual Harassment Policy
New York Medical College is committed to providing all of our students and employees an environment free from conduct constituting harassment and to discipline any student or employee who violates this policy.
Harassment consists of unwelcome conduct, whether verbal, physical, or visual, that is based upon a person’s protected status, such as sex, color, race, religion, national origin, age, medical condition, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or other protected group status. New York Medical College will not tolerate harassing conduct that affects tangible academic or job benefits, that interferes unreasonably with an individual’s performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical, verbal, or visual conduct based on sex when (1) submission to the conduct is an explicit or implicit term or condition of academic decision or employment, (2) submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for academic or employment decision, or (3) the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Sexual harassment may include explicit sexual propositions, sexual innuendoes, suggestive comments, sexual oriented “kidding” or “teasing,” “practical jokes,” jokes about gender-specific traits, obscene language or gestures, displays of obscene printed or visual material, and physical contact, such as patting, pinching, or brushing against another’s body. This does not refer to occasional comments of a socially acceptable nature.
New York Medical College’s policy is to investigate all such complaints thoroughly and promptly. To the fullest extent possible, the College will keep complaints and the terms of their resolution confidential. If an investigation confirms that harassment has occurred, the College will take corrective action as the facts and circumstances warrant, which may include disciplinary action up to and including immediate suspension or termination, as is appropriate.
New York Medical College affirms that it is the responsibility of faculty and management to create an atmosphere free of sexual harassment. It is also the duty of each student and employee to respect the rights of fellow students and employees.
If you feel that you have experienced or witnessed harassment, employees or students can either notify Theresa R. Haviland or Peter M. Brown in Human Resources at (914) 594-4560 or Tony Sozzo in Student Affairs in Valhalla at (914) 594-4494, or you can call the New York Medical College Harassment Help Line at (914) 594-3333.
Page updated: August 23, 2011