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Sexual Harassment

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Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that involves the inappropriate introduction into the work or learning situation of sexual activities or comments that demean or otherwise diminish one’s self worth on the basis of gender. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment under any of the following conditions:

  • When submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic standing.
  • When submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual.
  • When such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.

Sexual harassment often involves relationships of unequal power and contains elements of coercion—as when compliance with requests for sexual favors becomes a criterion for granting work, study or grade benefits. However, sexual harassment may also involve relationships among equals, such as student to student, as when repeated sexual advances or demeaning verbal behavior have a harmful effect on a person’s ability to study or work.


If you feel that you are being harassed, you should report it to the vice president of student services (509.682.6805), or the director of human resources (509.682.6445). Resolution options may include mediation through a liaison between parties, a face-to-face meeting between parties, or filing a formal complaint with the vice president of student services, or the director of human resources. Information on the formal complaint process is available from any of these administrators.


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Campus Contacts


Reagan Bellamy
Executive Director, Human Resources
Phone: 509.682.6445
Email: rbellamy@wvc.edu


Kevin Berg
Associate Dean, Student Services
Phone: 509.682.6815
Email: kberg@wvc.edu


Bertha Sanchez
WVC Counselor
Phone: 509.682.6850
Email: rpoortinga@wvc.edu
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Ryan Poortinga
WVC Counselor
Phone: 509.682.6857
Email: rpoortinga@wvc.edu

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