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Harassment Policies

Harassment Statement

The Nazareth College community is dedicated not only to learning but also to the development of sensitive and responsible persons. Because the College prepares individuals for participation in an increasingly diverse world and its institutions, the climate of campus life must be one in which academic freedom prevails along with respect for and tolerance of cultural, ethnic, and racial differences; religious preferences; sexual orientation; variations in age; and people with disabilities.

Nazareth College seeks to achieve these goals through educational programs and policies. Harassment based on these differences is clearly in conflict with the general mission of the College, and is strictly prohibited. In addition, some forms of harassment may violate New York's criminal statues and, depending on the situation, may violate other state and federal laws as well.

Harassment includes verbal, physical, or written abuse directed toward an individual or group on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, national or ethnic origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, carrier status, genetic predisposition, or any other protected status. This includes using remarks, language, illustrations, or electronic messages in cyberspace that deprecate or offend a person based on his or her ethnic background, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other protected status as noted above. All are damaging.

While some examples of harassment such as physical and verbal assaults are easily identified, more frequent and generalized instances such as blatant and subtle graffiti and insensitive use of language excluding epithets and humor often go unacknowledged. All types of harassment based on individual differences are unacceptable and will be subject to disciplinary sanctions.

Any member of the College community who feels he or she has been harassed should contact the associate vice president for human resources, the vice president for student development, or any of the College's advisors for concerns of discrimination and victimization (see below).

Other Forms of Harassment

Stalking: Stalking is expressly prohibited by New York state law. In addition, it violates College policies. It occurs when a person engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific individual that is likely to cause such individual to have a reasonable fear of harm to his or her physical or emotional health, safety, or property. Under the College's policies, such conduct may include, but is not limited to, repeatedly engaging in contact or communication (including, but not limited to, face-to-face communication, telephone calls or messages, electronic mail, written letters, unwanted gifts, or threatening or obscene gestures), surveillance, following, trespassing, or vandalism.

Discriminatory Harassment: Harassment or intimidation of another person, limiting another person's right to equal opportunity, or otherwise denying another person equal treatment because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, carrier status, genetic predisposition, or any other protected status, is prohibited.

Grievance Procedures for Complaints

Grievance procedures for discrimination, harassment, and victimization complaints: Faculty, staff, and students who want further information or assistance in discussing or filing a complaint of harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, carrier status, genetic predisposition, or any other protected status should contact any of the advisors for concerns of discrimination and victimization.

These advisors will assist in trying to resolve the problem informally and/or explain the steps of the formal grievance procedure. You may also contact the department of human resources for assistance.

  • The College's policy regarding sexual misconduct and procedures to adjudicate complaints of sexual misconduct can be found at naz.edu/student-conduct. Copies can be obtained at the following locations: office of vice president for student development or the office of associate vice president for human resources.

Contact Information

Advisors for concerns of discrimination and victimization:

  • Lisa Durant-Jones, 389-2775
    Associate professor and grad program director, communication sciences and disorders department
  • Jane Kelly, 389-2482
    Director, campus life and assistant vice president for student development
  • Mitchell Messina, 389-2530
    Professor, department of art
  • Edward Wiltse, 389-2646
    Professor, English department

Inquiries concerning the application of this policy prescribed by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 may be directed to the associate vice president for human resources at Nazareth College of Rochester, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618-3790, 585-389-2060, who has been named to coordinate the responsibilities under Title IX, Title VI and section 504.

SART: Sexual Assault Response Team is available at 585-258-0080 (program this number into your cell phone). See Student Services for more information.

 

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