Walters State Community College is committed to providing an environment where all members of the campus community enjoy the rights of free speech as well as freedom from harassing or discriminating behavior including sexual harassment and hate crime offenses.
Walters State has policies and support structures to enable everyone on campus to work and learn in an environment free of harassment. TBR Guideline P-080 provides specific guidance in dealing with these issues.
The Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education has issued the following definition: "Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can include verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Unwelcome conduct is behavior that is not solicited and not wanted by the offended person. Even though you may perceive your behavior to be friendly and harmless, others may find the behavior offensive, so it is important to think before you act in a way that could be reasonably perceived as sexually offensive.
It is important to understand that intent is not relevant in determining whether or not a behavior is sexual harassment. All that matters is the impact of the behavior on the work/study environment. Regardless of intent, the behavior will be judged on its impact upon the recipient. The statement, "I didn't mean anything by it," is not a valid defense.
Federal law defines a hate crime as a criminal act committed against someone because of that person's race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, or disability.
Hate crimes can include assault, vandilism of property, threats, and harassment. Not only do they cause emotional and psychological harm, but they also can exacrebate racial, religious, or ethnic tensions in the community.
Computer users may not access, modify, or copy programs, files, data of any sort belonging to other users, i.e. music downloads, without prior authorization. Contact Computer Services at 423-585-6833.
Note: Students are responsible for reading the Student Handbook so they are aware of the above policies and other general and student conduct regulations.