Cochise College expressly forbids sexual harassment, including sexual discrimination, of its employees and students by supervisors, other employees, students or the general public. Behaviors considered to be sexual harassment include: unwanted physical touching (beyond normal greeting); sexual molesting; verbal insults; and sexually explicit suggestions or rumors designed to cause emotional distress, place an individual in bad light, substantially interfere with an individual's work or study performance, or create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or study environment.
Any persons who feel that they have been victims of sexual harassment may make a formal complaint to an immediate supervisor, the Vice President of Human Resources, or the Dean of Student Services. All such complaints will be treated in a confidential manner and will be investigated thoroughly and promptly. If the complaints are not resolved, persons believing themselves victimized by such alleged sexual harassment are free to pursue other administrative or judicial remedies available, including the pursuit of their rights under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, through the Vice President of Human Resources and affirmative action or the Dean of Student Services.
Beginning in the 2014-15 school year under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA, 1994), colleges are required to provide “primary prevention and awareness programs” for all incoming students, as well as ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns. For more information, contact the Vice President of Human Resources or the Dean of Student Services.