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HR / Labor Relations
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Student Affairs



Responsible Office:

Policy Title:
Sexual and Romantic Relationship Policy

Document Number:
6506

Effective Date:
October 09, 2018


This policy item applies to:
Community Colleges
State-Operated Campuses
Table of Contents
Summary

Policy
Definitions
Other Related Information
Procedures
Forms
Authority
History
Appendices


Summary

When faculty, staff and students exercise power and authority over other faculty, staff and students whether due to current supervisory, instructional, or other professional responsibility, or perceived influence or control over an educational or work experience, a power imbalance is created, which may impede the real or perceived freedom of the faculty, student or employee not to enter into a sexual or romantic relationship or to terminate or alter that sexual or romantic relationship.  To address this power imbalance, the State University of New York (“the State University” or “SUNY”) Board of Trustees is requiring all SUNY campuses (State-operated campuses, community colleges, and statutory colleges) to adopt by March 1, 2019 a Sexual and Romantic Relationship policy, which must include specific elements enumerated below.


Policy

On or before March 1, 2019, each SUNY campus and System Administration shall individually develop, with input from appropriate members of their workplace and campus communities, including local governance, a sexual or romantic relationship policy which shall be widely disseminated to their respective communities, and which will, at a minimum:


Definitions

There are no definitions relevant to this policy.


Other Related Information

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission



SUNY Policy Doc. No. 6502 - Equal Opportunity: Access, Employment and Fair Treatment in the State University of New York


Procedures

SUNY Policy Doc. No. 6501 - Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure


Forms

Form A - Charge of Discrimination


Authority

State University of New York Board of Trustees Resolution 18- , adopted October 9, 2018.


History

This document was adopted in October 2018 pursuant to Labor Law §201-g, which requires every employer in the State of New York to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy that meets or exceeds enumerated minimum standards in order to prevent and combat sexual harassment in the workplace.


Appendices

There are no appendices relevant to this policy.