PCOM is committed to providing a work and learning environment free from sexual harassment in any form. It is the policy of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to provide a safe, healthy, and comfortable work environment for employees, faculty, and students.
To this extent, any form of harassment, including sexual harassment or hazing, will not be tolerated. Anyone who harasses or solicits favors (including sexual favors) from an unwilling subordinate in return for promotions, increased wages, continuance of the job, better grades, position or status, or any similar promise will be subjected to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. Likewise, unwelcome sexual propositions may also constitute sexual harassment and will not be tolerated. PCOM is committed to maintaining an environment conducive to learning and working.
To eliminate harassment from the college.
The purpose of this section is to define and explain the nature of harassment and
appropriate corrective measures.
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, and usually falls under one of three categories:
Unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
If possible, directly inform the sexual harasser that such conduct is unwelcome and must stop.
Employees or faculty who are subject to or observe any form of sexual harassment should report the incident to their supervisor immediately. If the harassment is by the supervisor, the employee should contact the Human Resources Director. The complaint will be investigated, and if it is substantiated, disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including discharge. Students who are subject to or observe any form of sexual harassment should report this incident to the Human Resources Director describing the actions or words.
A report of sexual or other harassment will be treated seriously, and a thorough and
prompt investigation will be conducted. An individual who files a complaint will be
treated fairly and courteously at all times. In filing a complaint, the individual
will be requested to provide a written statement of all relevant facts, including
the names of witnesses or other individuals known by the complaining person to have
The following procedure will be followed: