Sexual Harassment Policy

Policy Memorandum No. 114

Recommended by the University Committee on Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Approved by University Council: March 4, 1991
Approved by the President: March 4, 1991
Effective: Immediately

The University Council, on recommendation of the University Committee on Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, unanimously approved the Sexual Harassment Policy. This policy, developed by the EO/AA Committee's Subcommittee on Women, replaces the previous document which was determined to be excessively legalistic and cumbersome to administer. The new policy also demonstrates more vigorously Virginia Tech's opposition to any form of sexual harassment as "destructive to individual students, faculty, staff, and the academic community as a whole."

The new policy differs from the previous document in the following ways: 1) it includes a definition of "faculty"; 2) it no longer differentiates complaints into level I, II or III categories; 3) it eliminates any written records at the "informal consultation" stage; 4) it addresses for the first time the area of consensual relationships as a form of sexual harassment; and 5) it establishes the option of a peer-review panel for the accused.

As stated in the document "the University will not tolerate behavior between or among members of the University community that creates an unacceptable working or educational environment." Any individual who has reason to believe that sexual harassment has occurred should notify the Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, 336 Burruss Hall, immediately.

Copies of the entire policy will be distributed to Deans, Directors, and Department Heads, and are available at the EO/AA Office and the President's Office.


President's Policy Memorandum