Kepler does not tolerate harassment, discrimination or sexual violence toward its students, instructors or staff. In all its forms, harassment, discrimination, and assault violate fundamental rights and the law.
Harassment and discrimination can happen to anyone, in any place. Harassment or discrimination is not the victim’s fault. Kepler has established policies and procedures to handle such incidents in a timely manner. If you see or experience harassment, including sexual harassment, assault or discrimination at Kepler, please report the incident. Kepler instructors and administration are charged with promoting and maintaining an atmosphere which properly deters and responds to harassment and discrimination.
If a person feels that he or she has been subjected to sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature from another, normally, he or she should first communicate directly to the other that such behavior is unwelcome. If a person decides to file a formal complaint, complaints may be made either orally or in writing. When a complaint is received, Kepler will promptly investigate the allegation in a fair and expeditious manner. The investigation will be conducted in such a way as to maintain confidentiality to the extent practicable under the circumstances. The investigation will include a private interview with the person filing the complaint and with any others relevant to the situation. An interview will be conducted with the person alleged to have committed sexual harassment. When the administrator has completed the investigation, it will to the extent appropriate, inform the person filing the complaint and the person alleged to have committed the conduct, of the results of that investigation.
Complaints should be lodged with the Office of the President. Insofar as feasible complaints shall be investigated by the officers of the Administrative Council or their designees in confidence. These persons are also available to discuss any concerns the complainant may have and to provide information about the school’s policy on sexual harassment and its complaint process.
If it is determined that inappropriate conduct has been committed by one of our community members, Kepler will take such action as is appropriate under the circumstances. Such action may range from counseling to termination from employment or expulsion and may include such other forms of disciplinary action as are deemed appropriate under the circumstances.
Perhaps the most difficult question related to sexual harassment concerns intimate relationships between two individuals, one of whom is in a position of authority (for example, between an instructor and a student, a supervisor and an employee, an administrator and instructor, senior instructor and junior instructor). It is incumbent upon those with authority not to abuse, or seem to abuse.
Sexual Harassment Contact List
A complaint of sexual harassment should be directed to the Office of the President.
In addition to the above, complaints may be filed with either or both of the government agencies set forth below. Using Kepler’s complaint process does not prohibit you from filing a complaint with these agencies. Each of the agencies has a short time period for filing a claim (EEOC – 180 days; MCAD – 6 months).