The University of the Virgin Islands is committed to uncompromised integrity and to doing all within its power to ensure a working environment that is inclusive and respectful of diversity and which promotes intellectual growth and development, and support the academic pursuits of faculty, students, and staff. It is critically important that we create a safe and supportive environment for all students, employees and visitors. We must always be mindful of our responsibilities to others and ensure that there are clear guidelines for the resolution of concerns and complaints. The University strictly prohibits any acts of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. Sexual misconduct in the workplace in unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any form. It is our goal to build on the positive environment that exists at the University of the Virgin Islands and ensure that it remains a safe and inviting place to study, work and meet.
WHAT IS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT?
Sexual Misconduct is defined as non-consensual physical contact of a sexual nature. Acts that constitute sexual misconduct take a variety of forms. Examples of the kinds of conduct that may constitute sexual misconduct include, but are not limited to acts using force, threat, intimidation, or advantage gained by the offended party's mental or physical incapacity or impairment of which the offending party was aware or should have been aware. The use of any drug, including alcohol, judged to be related to the commission of an offense will be considered a contributing factor rather than a mitigating factor.
WHAT IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT?
Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited by the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone from or in the work or educational setting, under any of the following circumstances:
i. Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or a condition of an individual's employment, academic status, or progress.
ii. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of employment or academic decisions affecting the individual.
iii. The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual's work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or educational environment.
iv. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decisions affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors programs, or activities available at or through the educational institution.
Other examples of Sexual Harassment:
Acts that constitute sexual harassment take a variety of forms. Examples of additional kinds of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
1) Unwelcome sexual propositions invitations solicitations and flirtations.
2) Threats or insinuations that a person's employment, wages, academic grade, promotional opportunities, classroom or work assignments or other conditions of affected by not submitting to sexual advances.