8250 Policy Prohibiting Unlawful Discrimination Against or Harassment of Students

Policy Type: 

Policy Prohibiting Unlawful Discrimination Against or Harassment of Students

Harassment/Discrimination Prohibited

By adopting this policy, Henry Ford College reaffirms its commitment to maintain an academic setting for all students in admissions policies, administration of its educational policies and programs, scholarship and loan programs, and student activities which is free from unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, race, gender, disability, pregnancy, height, weight, national origin, religion, marital status, or other protected status. Discrimination or harassment based on these prohibited factors diminishes individual dignity and the integrity of Henry Ford College as an institution of learning, and will not be tolerated. Henry Ford College conducts programs, services, and activities for students consistent with applicable federal and state civil rights laws.

Unlawful Harassment Defined

  1. Sexual Harassment. For purposes of this policy, sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects a student's education,unreasonably interferes with a student's work or educational performance, is used as the basis for tangible employment or educational decisions affecting the student, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment.

  2. Racial and Other Types of Unlawful Harassment. Henry Ford College prohibits verbal and physical acts based on race, age, disability, pregnancy, height, weight, national origin, religion, marital status, or other protected status that are so severe and pervasive that they objectively either (l) unreasonably interfere with a student's work or academic performance or (2) create an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning or working environment.

  3. The determination of whether conduct constitutes harassment is dependent on the totality of the circumstances, including the nature, duration, frequency, intensity, context, pervasiveness or severity of the conduct.

Disabled Students

Further, it is the policy of Henry Ford College that no otherwise qualified student with a disability is denied the benefits of, participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in an educational program, pursuit, or activity.


No individual who makes a good faith report regarding a possible violation of this policy will be retaliated against. Any such retaliation is grounds for discipline, which can include discharge or dismissal from the College.

Implementation of This Policy

  1. While equal opportunity is the responsibility of all members of the Henry Ford College community, the President has final responsibility for the overall implementation and monitoring of this policy. The President is authorized to delegate the responsibility for implementation of this policy, the oversight of theperformance of departments that contribute to college equal opportunity policy and goals, and the promulgation of the concept of equal opportunity, as necessary to effectuate this policy.

  2. Procedures developed by the administration of Henry Ford College are available to a student who has a concern or complaint of discrimination or harassment.

  3. It is the policy of Henry Ford College to respond to reports by students of discrimination and harassment, and take necessary action to prevent, correct or when appropriate, discipline behavior that violates the prohibition of illegal discrimination or harassment.

First Amendment Rights Recognized

Henry Ford College remains committed to the United States Constitution principle of freedom of expression. This policy and the principles of freedom of expression are consistent, and will be interpreted in harmony to promote discourse yet not violate the laws against impermissible discrimination or illegal harassment of Henry Ford College students.

Adopted Date: 
Monday, July 17, 2006
Revised Date: 
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Board Approved
Rescinded Date: 
Monday, September 18, 2017
Rescinded Explanation: 
combining and updating of policies