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Sexual Harassment Policies

Sexual Harassment Policy

It is the goal of Becker College to promote an educational environment free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment of employees or students occurring in the workplace or in other settings in which employees or students may find themselves in connection with their employment or education will not be tolerated by the College. Further, any retaliation against an individual who has complained about sexual harassment or retaliation against individuals for cooperating with an investigation of a sexual harassment complaint is similarly unlawful and will not be tolerated.

To achieve our goal of providing an environment free from sexual harassment, the conduct that is described in the College’s policy will not be tolerated. The College has a procedure by which inappropriate conduct will be dealt with, if encountered by employees or students.

Because Becker College takes allegations of sexual harassment seriously, campus police will respond promptly to complaints of sexual harassment. Where it is determined that such inappropriate conduct has occurred, the College will act promptly to eliminate the conduct and impose such corrective action as is necessary, including disciplinary action where appropriate.

Rape is defined in the general laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 265, Section 22 as follows:

“Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person and compels such person to submit by force or against their will or compels such person to submit by threat of bodily injury. If the act occurs while the victim is unconscious, asleep, or otherwise unable to communicate unwillingness, it is still considered rape.”

  • A forcible sexual offense is defined under the FBI uniform crime reporting as: “Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.”
  • A non-forcible sexual offense is defined under the FBI uniform crime reporting as: unlawful, non-forcible, sexual intercourse.
  • Indecent assault is defined as attempted or actual unwanted sexual activity, such as sexual touching or fondling.

While this policy sets forth our goal of promoting an environment free of sexual harassment, the policy is not designed, nor intended to limit, our authority to discipline or take remedial action for conduct which the College deems as unacceptable, regardless of whether that conduct satisfies the definition of sexual harassment.

Sexual Offender Registration Policy

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 (CSCPA) is a federal law that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at, or employed by, institutions of higher education. The CSCPA is an amendment to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Act. The federal law requires state law enforcement agencies to provide Becker College with a list of registered sex offenders who have indicated that they are either enrolled, employed, or carrying on a vocation at Becker College.

Becker College is required to inform the College community that, in Massachusetts, convicted sex offenders must register in compliance with the Sex Offender Registry Act, Massachusetts General Law Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P. This information is maintained by the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) and can be viewed by clicking on this link.

The information contained in the Sex Offender Registry is issued pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 6, Section 178C-178P, and is to be used for the purposes of the administration of criminal justice, screening of current or prospective employees, volunteers, or otherwise for the protection of the public in general and children in particular. Unlawful use of the information for purposes of intimidating or harassing another is prohibited, and willful violation shall be punishable by law in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 6, Section 178N, and Massachusetts General Law Chapter 275, Section 4.

The CSCPA further amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) to clarify that nothing in the act can prohibit an educational institution from disclosing information provided to the institution concerning registered sex offenders. This statement is provided in compliance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000.

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