A-15: Student Harassment Policy
St. John’s Seminary strives to create an environment where all persons treat each other with dignity, charity, and respect in accord with Christian principles and the social teachings of the church. Therefore, SJS is committed to provide an environment that is free from unlawful harassment in any form. Harassment by any individual working for SJS, by any lay employee, religious, priest, or student all of whom are hereafter referred to as “Person”, is prohibited. SJS will treat allegations of harassment seriously and will review and investigate such allegations
in a prompt, confidential and thorough manner.
A charge of harassment shall not, in and of itself, create the presumption of wrongdoing. However, substantiated acts of harassment will result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. Persons found to have filed false or frivolous charges may also be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. Unlawful harassment occurs when an individual is subjected to treatment or an environment exists which is hostile or intimidating because of the individual’s race, creed, color, age, national origin, physical or mental disability or any other status protected by law. Unlawful harassment includes, but is not limited to, any or all of the following:
Verbal Harassment: Derogatory comments, slurs, and epithets, and jokes based on a person's protected status; threatening words spoken to another person.
Physical Harassment: Unwanted physical touching, contact, assault, deliberate impeding or blocking movements, or any intimidating interference with normal work or movement.
Visual Harassment: Derogatory, demeaning or inflammatory posters, cartoons, written words, drawings or gestures.
Sexual Harassment: Includes unwelcome sex based advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when any or all of the following occurs:
Specific examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
It is the responsibility of the SJS Administration to:
It is the responsibility of each person to:
Complaint Filing and Investigation Procedures
The following procedures must be followed for filing and investigating a harassment claim: