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Harassment & Non-discriminatory Policy

  1. Purpose of Policy
    1. National American University ("NAU") employees and students should be able to work and learn in an environment free from discrimination and harassment. The mission of NAU is best accomplished in an atmosphere of professionalism, which in turn is supported by mutual respect and trust. NAU expects all employees and students to work toward this goal.
    2. Discrimination and harassment based on a person's race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, or any other protected class status is strictly prohibited by NAU.
  2. Definitions of Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment and Discrimination
    1. Discrimination consists of unequal treatment in the workplace or in the terms and conditions of a person's employment, when the treatment is based on a person's race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, or other protected class status.
    2. Harassment consists of unwelcome conduct based on a person's race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, or other protected class status when submission to such conduct:
      1. Is a condition of employment; or
      2. Is a basis for an employment decision affecting your job; or
      3. Interferes with your job performance; or
      4. Creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
    3. NAU prohibits such harassment in any form, including verbal, physical, and visual harassment.
    4. Some examples of conduct that could be considered harassment include the following types of action when they are taken based on protected class status:
      1. Abusive, intimidating, insulting or degrading remarks;
      2. Displaying in the workplace objects, cartoons, pictures, or stories which may be perceived as offensive or demeaning; or
      3. Threats, demands or suggestions that an employee's work status, advancement or other terms and conditions of employment are contingent upon the employee's toleration of or acquiescence to unwelcome harassment.
    5. One form of prohibited harassment is sexual harassment. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct:
      1. Is a condition of employment; or
      2. Is a basis for an employment decision affecting your job; or
      3. Interferes with your job performance; or
      4. Creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
    6. NAU prohibits sexual harassment in any form, including verbal, physical, and visual harassment.
  3. Scope of Policy

    This policy prohibits sexual harassment and any other form of harassment by any individual, including NAU managers and supervisors, employees, coworkers, and third parties such as students, consultants, contractors or vendors who deal with NAU employees.

  4. Reporting Harassment
    1. If at any time a student feels he/she is being harassed or discriminated against, they should immediately contact: Vice president for human resources and/or campus executive officer.
    2. NAU wants to resolve any problems, but it can do so only if it is aware of them. NAU encourages any individual who believes he/she is being harassed to report any and all incidents of perceived harassment.
    3. NAU will investigate harassment complaints and take other appropriate action. Any person who is found to have committed prohibited harassment will be subject to appropriate corrective action, which may include discipline up to and including termination or, in the case of a student, expulsion.
  5. Confidentiality

    Every effort will be made to ensure the confidentiality of complaints, and the results of investigation, to the extent possible.

  6. No Retaliation
    1. Retaliation against any individual for making a complaint under this policy, for opposing harassment, or for participating in an investigation of any claim regarding harassment or inappropriate behavior is strictly prohibited.
    2. Any person who engages in retaliatory conduct or reprisals in response to a claim of harassment will be subject to appropriate corrective action, which may include discipline up to and including termination of employment or expulsion of a student.
    3. If a student feels he/she has experienced such retaliation, he/she should immediately report any such retaliation to the vice president for human resources and/or campus executive officer.
  7. Employee Responsibilities
    1. All employees are responsible for maintaining a working and learning environment free of discrimination and harassment.
    2. All employees are required to complete the interactive educational training program for Preventing Sexual Harassment located on the university's HR intranet website.
    3. It is the responsibility of ALL employees to:
      1. Read and abide by this policy. If you have any questions about the policy, please contact the vice president for human resources or a human resources administrator.
      2. Refrain from engaging in acts of harassment or discrimination or acts that can be construed as harassment or discrimination.
      3. Immediately report any acts of discrimination or harassment or acts that can be construed as such.
      4. Cooperate with any investigation regarding discrimination, harassment, or inappropriate conduct.
      5. Maintain the confidentiality of any complaint or information received or provided in the course of an investigation, only disclosing information to those NAU personnel or representatives with a need to know about the complaint or information. Refrain from speculation and from drawing conclusions or gossiping about the subject matter or individuals involved in claims of harassment or discrimination, or involved in the investigation of such claims.
      6. Refrain from taking any adverse or retaliatory action against any individual who has made a claim of harassment, opposed harassment, or participated in the investigation of any claim regarding harassment or inappropriate behavior.