Polk State College is particularly sensitive to sexual misconduct as an important part of the Student Conduct, Discipline, and Due Process Rule. Polk State College Procedure 5027 addresses sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature from any person when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance, study habits, and/or educational experiences, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or study environment.
- Sexual Assault: Any act, or attempted act, as defined in Florida statutes.
- Public Indecency: Exposing one’s body in such a manner that another party reasonably could be offended, or sexual conduct where another party reasonably could be offended.
Victims of sexual misconduct are encouraged and assisted in referring or filing charges. An advocate is provided in all cases to assist victims. The College notifies appropriate law enforcement officials in any assault case that is alleged to have occurred on College-owned or College-controlled property, immediately adjacent property, or during a College-sponsored activity involving students, employees, or volunteers of the College. Polk State College proceeds with the College’s discipline process in addition to notifying law enforcement officials.