at City College
of San Francisco
Sexual harassment also occurs when such advances, requests, or conduct have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individualís educational or work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or work environment.
Sexual harassment includes any unwanted sexual attention. This definition includes, but is not limited to, sexually suggestive remarks, looks or gestures, sexual teasing or jokes, sexually demeaning comments, pressure for dates or sex, offering a passing grade for sexual favors, deliberate touching, cornering, pinching, or grabbing, attempts to kiss or fondle, and explicit or implied request for sex in exchange for grades, promotions, or salary increases.
Either men or women can be harassed by members of the same or opposite sex, although most harassment involves men harassing women.
You may also be afraid that you will suffer retaliation if you complain, that people will think you "asked for it," that you are somehow responsible for the harasserís behavior, or that you may be imagining or misreading the personís intentions.
If you are unable to speak directly to the offender, or if the behavior doesnít stop ...
Talk with your department chair.
Kareemís counselor has just approved his program for the semester. As Kareem starts to leave the office, the counselor tells him that they should get to know each other better outside of school. The counselor then reaches out and gives Kareem a pat and a squeeze and says, "Iím going to help you find a good job." Kareem reports the behavior to the department chair.
Enlist the support of other students.
Mei-Li is in a class in which a student regularly makes demeaning and sexual comments about women. The instructor does nothing to stop these comments. Because of this, she wants to drop the class, but the drop date has passed. She talks to other students who are also angered and frustrated by the sexist comments, and they agree to go with Mei-Li to meet with the professor.
Contact the Dean of Students.
Linda is in a class where the instructor gives a written assignment on family values. She decides to write about her lesbian partner and their adopted daughter. The instructor says those are not acceptable family values and suggests that she find a "real man." Linda goes to the Dean of Students to complain.
Sexual Harassment can be
Offensive & Illegal
City College is committed to a sexual harassment free campus. The College provides ongoing training for teachers and staff to inform them of the law, CCSF policy, and methods for handling sexual harassment situations and complaints.
Advisors are available to assist students in identifying sexual harassment and taking action against it. Your privacy will be respected.
Telephone for help
Title 5/EEO/ADA Compliance Officer
50 Phelan Ave., B619
San Francisco, CA 94112
Associate Dean Ė Students Advocacy
Rights and Responsibilities
50 Phelan Avenue, Conlan Hall. Room 106
San Francisco, CA 94122
If you wish to deal with an agency outside City College, you may also contact:
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
50 Beale Street, Ste. 7200
San Francisco, CA 94105-1813
Department of Fair Employment and Housing (state government)
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 7600
San Francisco, CA 94102
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (federal government)
San Francisco District Office
345 Spear Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105