Defining sexual harassment.
To report incidents of sexual harassment or retaliation, faculty members should contact the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; classified employees may contact the EEO/AA officer or the Division of Human Resources; and students may contact the Vice President for Student Affairs or Director of Student Affairs. They receive complaints of sexual harassment from members of the Augusta University community, explain the Augusta University procedures, and may refer individuals to appropriate resources. If your situation permits, you may bring your complaint directly to your supervisor, manager or department chair. They may assist you in bringing the matter to the attention of the appropriate Augusta University official. However, a complainant need not report directly to his/her immediate supervisor but may report the situation directly to the appropriate individual named above. Faculty complaints will be handled using the Faculty Grievance Procedure found in the Faculty Handbook. Student complaints will be handled by using the procedures found in Appendix E of the Student Handbook.
Any member of the Augusta University community may report complaints of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can occur in all types of circumstances and relationships including those; between or among individuals of different sexes or of the same sex; in relationships of unequal power (for example, between supervisor and employee, faculty member and student, employee and job applicant); and in relationships of equal power (for example, between fellow employees or fellow students).
No. Sexual harassment complaints may be made by speaking to any of the individuals named in Q1 . They may, however, request that you prepare a written statement setting forth the particulars of the complaint.
It is not possible to guarantee absolute confidentiality or anonymity. The privacy of persons who make complaints of sexual harassment will be respected. To the extent permitted by law, the confidentiality of each party involved in a sexual harassment investigation, complaint or charge will be observed, provided it does not interfere with Augusta University's ability to investigate the allegations or take corrective action.
There are no time limits for reporting sexual harassment to an Augusta University official. However, allegations of sexual harassment should be reported as promptly as possible. Delay in making a complaint may make it more difficult for Augusta University to investigate allegations.
Each dean, director, department/section chair, department manager, or other person with supervisory responsibility is required to report any complaint of sexual harassment to the appropriate individual named above. Other members of the Augusta University community who become aware of allegations of sexual harassment should encourage the aggrieved individual to report the alleged sexual harassment to an Augusta University manager or the appropriate Augusta University official indicated in Q1. All members of the Augusta University community are required to cooperate in any investigation of a sexual harassment complaint.