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49 The Vice President of Student Affairs maintains a file that contains a record of each Academic Honesty Code violation reported to that office. These records are not attached to nor do they become a part of the student's permanent records or transcript unless repeated violations result in the stu- dent's expulsion from the College. The Vice President of Student Affairs will treat violations of the Academic Honesty Code in the manner described below: Penalties: Violations of the Academic Honesty Code during a student's academic career are as follows: a. First Offense The student will receive a zero on the assignment in question, which may result in subsequent academic or disciplinary penalties based on department/program policies. b. Second Offense Student will receive an "F" for the course. Additional Penalties: Violations of the Academic Honesty Code that threaten the College's learning environment may merit further penalties up to and including expulsion. Any additional penalties will be determined by the faculty mem- ber in conjunction with the Vice President of Student Affairs and/or Instructional Deans or Vice President of Learning. Student Rights and Student Appeals Students may appeal instructors' determination that they vi- olated the Academic Honesty Code by following the appeals procedures on at the end of this chapter. Sexual Harassment Lee College is committed to maintaining an academic envi- ronment in which students can learn and work without fear of sexual harassment. Every member of the college commu- nity must recognize that sexual harassment compromises the integrity of the College, its tradition of academic free- dom, and the trust placed in its members. It is, therefore, the policy of the College to take all necessary actions to prevent, correct, and where indicated, discipline perpetrators of sex- ual harassment. Disciplinary actions for sexual harassment committed by employees include, but are not limited to, written warning, demotion, transfer, suspension, or dismissal. Disciplinary ac- tions for sexual harassment committed by students include, but are not limited to, written warning, removal from class, or expulsion. For more information on the College's policy on sexual ha- rassment, go to http://www.lee.edu/hr/resources-for-em- ployees/sexual-harassment/. Legal Authority: Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrim- ination which is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and by the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act. Sexual harassment by a public servant is also a criminal offense under section 39.02 of the Texas Penal Code. Definition: Sexual harassment may involve the behavior of a person of either sex against a person of the opposite or same sex, and occurs when such behavior constitutes un- welcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where: 1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a person's employment or academic advancement; 2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a person is used as the basis for decisions affecting a person's em- ployment or academic standing; 3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person's work or academic perform- ance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work, learning, or social environment. Examples of Prohibited Behavior: Prohibited acts that constitute sexual harassment may take a variety of forms. Sometimes sexual harassment involves a single serious inci- dent, whereas, at other times, multiple incidents are re- quired to meet the standards of the definition. Examples of the kinds of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment under the definition above include, but are not limited to: 1. Threats or insinuations that a person's employment, wages, academic grade, promotional opportunities, classroom or work assignments, or other conditions of employment or academic life may be adversely affected by not submitting to sexual advances. 2. Unwelcome verbal expressions, sexual innuendoes and comments, including comments on a person's body, dress, appearance or sexual activities; humor or jokes about sex or females/males in general; pestering a per- son for dates, whether directly or indirectly by tele- phone, on or off campus. 3. Unwelcome sexually suggestive sounds or gestures, in- cluding throwing kisses or whistling. 4. Sexually suggestive objects, pictures, videotapes, elec- tronic mail, audio recordings, or literature unrelated to educational purposes, placed in the work or study area that may embarrass or offend individuals. 5. Unwelcome or inappropriate touching, patting, or pinching including giving unrequested neck or shoulder massages.

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