This University’s sexual harassment policy and grievance procedures have been revised to create a single comprehensive resource for addressing sexual harassment matters at the University. First, two new sexual harassment grievance procedures have been added to cover members of the University community who were previously covered only by generic procedures not specifically aimed at sexual harassment. Second, the general sexual harassment policy and all associated grievance procedures have been consolidated to make the policy and procedures easier to find and apply. The procedures previously known as University Policy 302 and University Policy 303 will no longer be separately identified as policy statements. Instead, they are simply attachments to the sexual harassment policy, University Policy 502.
The two new procedures are entitled "Grievance Procedure for Certain Employees Exempt from the State Personnel Act Alleging Sexual Harassment," and "Grievance Procedure for Students Alleging Sexual Harassment by Another Student." They provide specific methods for addressing sexual harassment claims made by certain EPA employees, and claims of sexual harassment of one student by another. The addition of these new procedures means that all students and all exempt employees now have access to procedures designed specifically for sexual harassment grievances. (SPA employees are covered by procedures set forth in UNC Charlotte Personnel Information Memorandum #35 (PIM-35), in accordance with the State Personnel Act.)
Finally, because the University Policy Series is now available primarily online, a hyperlinked index to University Policy 61 has been added at the beginning of the policy so that it is easier to navigate, and a specific grievance procedure can be located quickly.