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Resolution 39 - 2019

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 8/22/19 BN

Date: September 25, 2019 To: Board of Trustees From: Dr. Michael A. Baston Subject:Approval of Rockland Community College Sexual Harassment Policy Statement and Consensual Relationship Policy


A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Ramos, and

WHEREAS, At the October 9, 2018 meeting of the State University of New York ("SUNY") Board of Trustees a resolution was approved:

  1. establishing a uniform policy statement with respect to sexual harassment,
  2. directing System Administration and all 64 campuses to:
    1. adopt the uniform Sexual Harassment Policy Statement attached to this Resolution notifying their campus community of SUNY's no tolerance policy for behavior that violates the sexual harassment policy,
    2. conduct investigations into sexual harassment complaints and impose discipline for prohibited behavior in accordance with each entity's policies and processes, and
    3. widely publicize the uniform Sexual Harassment Policy Statement to the campus community subsequent to its adoption; and
  3. requiring System Administration and all 64 campuses to adopt a sexual and romantic relationship policy, which must include specific elements enumerated below.
    • Apply to all faculty, students and staff (campuses shall further define whether students who are also employees are categorized for purposes of the policy as a student or staff);
    • Prohibit any sexual or romantic relationships between faculty or staff members and students if there is an existing supervisory, evaluative or instructional relationship, unless the relationship is disclosed and supervision, evaluation or instruction is terminated in accordance with the policy;
    • Require for sexual or romantic relationships between faculty or staff where there is a supervisory or reporting relationship between the participants that each employee inform an appropriate campus entity (which may be a supervisor, or the Director of Human Resources or equivalent, or, at the campuses' option, the Title IX Officer or Coordinator) of such relationship;
    • Require that for sexual or romantic relationships in the workforce (including for student-teaching assistants or graduate student teachers) alternative supervisory roles be created to ensure that supervisors in a consensual romantic or sexual relationship with an employee be removed from any evaluation of the employee, and from any activity or decision that may appear to reward, penalize, or otherwise affect the employment status of the employee;
    • Make allowances for pre-existing relationships or marriages provided that the relationship is reported as required herein and that alternative supervisory relationships be established; and
    • Require that discipline be imposed for any individual failing to follow the terms of the policy, up to and including termination.

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees adopts the attached uniform Sexual Harassment Policy Statement; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees approves the attached Rockland Community College Consensual, Intimate and Sexual Relationship Policy.


Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Ramos and Leonard
Nays: none
Motion passed: 6 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
September 25, 2019

SUNY Sexual Harassment Response and Prevention Policy Statement

Consensual Relationship Policy