Dance Connection LTD

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

Sexual  harassment  is  unlawful  and  an unacceptable  form  of  behavior  and  will  not  be tolerated  at  any  Dance  Connection  Ltd  (“Dance  Connection”)  class, event  or  activity.

Dance  Connection is  committed  to  preventing  sexual  harassment  at  its classes, events and activities.

Many forms  of  harassment  are  unlawful,  however,  this  policy  is  confined  to  addressing sexual harassment.

Sexual Harassment Defined

Sexual  Harassment  is  unwelcome  conduct  of  a  sexual  nature  which  makes  a  person  feel offended,   humiliated   and/or   intimidated   where   that   reaction   is   reasonable   in   the circumstances.

Sexual harassment can take various forms including, among other things:

  1. suggestive or lewd comments and / or jokes;
  2. leering, staring, obscene gestures and wolf whistling;
  3. intrusive questions or insinuations about a person’s private life;
  4. deliberate  and  unwelcome  touching,  kissing,  hugging,  patting,  pinching  or  brushing against another person’s body;
  5. sexually offensive written, telephone or electronic communications;
  6. insults or taunts of a sexual nature; and
  7. behavior  which  would  also  be  an  offense  under  the  criminal  law,  such  as  physical assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault or stalking.

Sexual harassment does not have to be repeated or continuous to be against the law. It can be a one-off incident.

What is Not Sexual Harassment

Sexual  harassment  is  not  sexual  interaction,  flirtation,  attraction  or  friendship  which  is invited, mutual, consensual or reciprocated.

Sexual Harassment May Occur

Sexual harassment includes harassment of students by students, of staff (paid or unpaid) by students or of students by staff (paid or unpaid).

Sexual harassment may occur where a person uses sexual behaviour to control, influence or affect  the  educational  opportunity  of  someone  over  whom  they  exert  actual  or  perceived authority.

Responses to Sexual Harassment

Any  person  who  believes  they  have been  subjected  to  sexual  harassment  should  discuss the matter with a director of Dance Connection. Confidentiality will be maintained. Dance  Connection  also  encourages  individuals  who  experience  sexual  harassment  to  inform the alleged harasser that the behavior is unwelcome, unacceptable and contrary to policy, and  ask  that  the  behavior  stop.  Individuals  should  also  keep  notes  documenting  incidents of the behavior, time, place and any witnesses. Dance   Connection   recognizes   that,   as   a   highly   sensitive   and   complex   matter,   sexual harassment is sometime best dealt with informally through discussion between the parties or with  some  assistance  from  an  independent  third  party  so  as  to  minimize  its  damaging  and disruptive effects.

Complaints of sexual harassment will be dealt with depending upon the severity of the case. Responses may include, amongst other things, informal grievance resolutions in the terms of an apology, as well as suspension and refusal of entry to Dance Connection classes, activities and events.

A  person  who  has  experienced  sexual  harassment  can  make  a  written  complaint  to  the Ministry of Justice under Human Rights Act 1993. The  complaint  will  be  investigated  by the appropriate authorities.

A   person   is   not   required   to   attempt   a   complaint   informally   before   approaching   the Ministry of Justice. Criminal acts such as assault may also be reported directly to the police.

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