University has a Sexual Harassment Policy (SHP) and prohibitions against discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation. All university employees must complete the on-line training. SHP can be found at www.cu.edu/policies/aps/hr5014.html.
One goal of clubs: have fun and make friends all in the context of clubs being a safe place including being free of sexual harassment or discrimination.
As leaders/officers of your Club, you are charged with personally behaving in accordance with the mandates of university policy but also charged with encouraging your club participants to behave in ways consistent with university policies against sexual harassment and discrimination.
Sexual harassment is conduct that is sexual in nature, is unwelcome, and limits one’s ability to participate in the program. When asked for guidance about how one can know whether conduct is unwelcome, we recommend: respect for the people around you, thinking before acting, listening, and exercising common courtesy.
Sexual harassment can be verbal (inappropriate sexual comments or jokes); non-verbal (leers/stares, sexual innuendos, e-mails, photos), or physical (touching—pats, hugs, squeezes, pinches, brushing against someone, kissing, cornering someone). Students have reported teasing, touching, talking, texting, photos as invasion of personal space.
What do you do if you experience or witness sexual harassment or discrimination – report it. Club members should talk to Club officers/leaders about anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. Club members should be encouraged to report sexual harassment or discrimination to OSH&D (Ext. 4324). Club leaders should discuss anything suspicious or inappropriate with Sabrina or Brad, who, in turn, will call Office of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination.
Club leaders/officers should consider the following in creating a safe environment for club activities:
Set behavioral expectations for the club – have fun but in an appropriate and respectful way
Jokes, name calling or negative references to race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability are never appropriate
Physical touching—behavior that may seem innocuous (putting arm around someone) may be unwelcome and make someone feel uncomfortable
Watch for inappropriate cell phone use (including taking photos) or inappropriate social networking
Be good role model and leader of your Club
Minimize opportunity: if you minimize opportunities for sexual harassment, you can dramatically lower the risk of sexual harassment
Talk about it with Club participants: let Club participants know that you are available to talk about anything that makes them feel uncomfortable
Make a plan: anticipate how you would approach a situation from intervening to reporting, just in case a situation arises
Be alert and ready to take prompt action: don’t be afraid to follow-up on your suspicions, intervene and give directions; or contact resources for help
Get involved—talk with members about safety when traveling
Talk with Sabrina or Brad re: conduct that makes you or someone in your club uncomfortable