1.37 Discrimination and Harassment Policy

I. General

Central Piedmont prohibits discrimination towards and/or harassment of any employee based upon any classification protected in Policy 1.00 The Equal Opportunity Program, including race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, political affiliation, or any other legally protected classification.

II. Examples of Prohibited Actions

Additional actions and/or comments that are prohibited include:

  1. Actions by any employee, including a supervisor, which result in the creation of a hostile or offensive working environment;
  2. Improper, sexual comments or actions between an employee and a student at any time;
  3. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:
    1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment;
    2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual, or
    3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
  4. Actions or comments intended to insult or stigmatize an individual or a small number of individuals on the basis of any protected classification.
  5. Actions or comments that conveys a threat of violence or is likely to provoke immediate physical retaliation; and
  6. Any and all other incidents deemed inappropriate by the College.

III. Procedures for Reporting Discrimination or Harassment or Suspected Discrimination or Harassment

It is each employee's responsibility to ensure that his or her conduct does not include or imply discrimination or harassment in any form. If an employee suspects discrimination or harassment has taken place, they shall notify Human Resources pursuant to the Discrimination and Harassment Procedure.

IV. Disciplinary Action

Central Piedmont Community College will not tolerate discrimination or harassment nor will it tolerate any form of retaliation against any employee or student who has brought legitimate concerns to management or to regulatory agencies or who has properly participated in the investigation or resolution of such concerns. Furthermore, a violation of or failure to report a violation of these provisions shall subject the employee to discipline, up to and including termination.

Related Procedures


Changes approved by the Board of Trustees on March 4, 2015; May 6, 2020

Changes approved by Cabinet on January 24, 2005; June 5, 2006; November 13, 2009; August 30, 2010