NCFC is committed to the principle that no employee or student should be subject to sexual harassment. NCFC strives to provide a learning environment that promotes equal opportunity and is free from illegal discriminatory practices, including sexual harassment.

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and any other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, whether intentional or unintentional, where:

  • an individual’s submission to or rejection of the conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, or

  • the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or educational experience, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, or offensive working, educational, or living environment

Examples of Conduct Which May Constitute Sexual Harassment

The following examples of conduct which may constitute sexual harassment:

  • Unwelcome sexual advances—whether they involve physical touching or not
  • Sexual epithets, jokes, written or oral references to sexual conduct, gossip regarding one’s sex life
  • Comment on an individual’s body, comment about an individual’s sexual activity, deficiencies, or prowess
  • Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, or cartoons
  • Unwelcome leering, whistling, brushing against the body, sexual gestures, or suggestive or insulting comments
  • Inquiries into one’s sexual experiences
  • Displaying or sharing sexually explicit content, including graphics, photos, videos and language on one’s cell phone;
  • Discussion of one’s sexual activities

In order to constitute sexual harassment, conduct must be unwelcome. Conduct is unwelcome when the person being harassed does not solicit or invite it and regards it as undesirable or offensive. The fact that a person may accept the conduct does not mean that he or she welcomes it.

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