Rust College emphasizes her commitment to provide a professional working and learning environment, which supports, nurtures and rewards educational and employment growth free of discriminatory, inappropriate and disrespectful conduct or communication. Discrimination of any kind threatens this type of learning environment in that it comprises institutional integrity and traditional academic values. Discrimination inhibits the individual’s performance as a student or employee and violates acceptable standards for accessibility, equal opportunity and interrelationships. Students, staff, faculty and administrators should know that the college is concerned about discrimination. The institution is prepared to take preventive and corrective action to deal with an individual or individuals who engage in such actions or conduct. Rust College, for the purpose of this policy, defines discrimination according to the categories listed below:
1. Sexual harassment
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Unwelcome requests for sexual favors
- Conduct (verbal or physical) of a nature that is intimidating, demeaning, hostile, or offensive
- Unwelcome and inappropriate touching, patting, or pinching; obscene gestures
- Threats or insinuations that a person’s employment, graduation or other conditions of employment or academic life may be adversely affected by not submitting to sexual advances.
2. Student Disability
Rust College defines student disability as a handicapped person who has, or who has a record of having, or who is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
3. Age Discrimination
Rust College defines age discrimination as the denying or limiting individuals in their opportunity to participate in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance because of their age.