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Policy Concerning Sexual Harassment

Policy 11D2A

The Board of Trustees of the Kern Community College District and Porterville College will not tolerate any behavior which constitutes sexual harassment of staff or students. It is the policy of the Kern Community College District and Porterville College that members of the college community, including visitors, guests and contractors, may not sexually harass another person employed or contracted to do business by or on District property.

Sexual harassment is defined as:

Unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; and/or physical conduct or oral/written communication of an intimidating, hostile, or offensive sexual nature where:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly; a term or condition of employment or a student’s status in a course, program or activity;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment decisions or as a basis for academic or other decisions affecting a student; or
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an employee’s work performance or a student’s educational experience, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment.

The Kern Community College District and Porterville College is committed to maintaining a working and educational environment free of sexual harassment. An employee or student may be subject to disciplinary action for violation of this policy.


  • An allegation of sexual harassment may be reported by the individual who is the subject of the alleged harassment or by a witness.
  • An investigation into any charge of sexual harassment shall be investigated according to Procedure 11D4A of the Kern Community College District Board Policy.
  • Any student who feels that he or she is being harassed is urged to notify any of the following responsible officers: Instructor, Counselor, Department/Division Chair, Dean, Vice President, or Title IX Coordinator.

What Should I Do?

  • I feel like I'm being sexually harassed, what should I do?: Don't take it – tell a staff person about it. You should also go to the Vice President of Student Services office to make an appointment with the VP to discuss the issue.
  • If there is an investigation into my complaint, will the investigation be kept confidential? Yes, the information will be kept confidential. Understand, however, that the person to whom the complaint is against will have due process and be given the opportunity to respond to the complaint. But only those involved in the process will know the specifics of the proceedings regarding the complaint.
  • I have a restraining order against my ex, but he's bugging me on campus. What to do? Report this to campus security and to the Vice President of Student Services.
December 11, 2017
Kern Community College District