UALR explicitly condemns sexual harassment as a violation of an individualâ€™s human rights and dignity and as a form of discrimination based upon sex.Â Therefore, it is the policy of UALR that members of the university community neither commit nor condone sexual harassment in any form.
- This prohibition applies equally to male and female staff, faculty and students, to all other persons on premises subject to university control and to those engaged to further the interest of the university. Employees and students who engage in sexual harassment will be subject to applicable disciplinary processes.
- Sexual harassment is unlawful and also may subject those who engage in it to civil and criminal penalties.
- The university is committed to providing an environment free from sexual harassment. Therefore, the university administration strongly encourages all UALR community members to report incidents of sexual harassment. To that end, reporting and investigating procedures are supportive of and sensitive to the alleged victim. At the same time, they adequately safeguard the rights of the alleged offender.
Sexual Harassment Defined
Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted, unwelcome, inappropriate or irrelevant sexual or gender-based activities or comments when:
- Submission to such conduct is either explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of an individualâ€™s employment with the university or a factor in the educational program or university-related activities of a student; or
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for an employment or educational decision affecting such individual; or
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individualâ€™s work or educational performance; or
- Such conduct creates an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or demeaning environment.