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Consequences of Sexual Harassment

For Victims

Victims of sexual harassment can suffer significant psychological effects, including anxiety, depression, headaches, sleep disorders, weight loss or gain, nausea, lowered self-esteem and sexual dysfunction. They experience job-related costs as well: from job loss, decreased morale, decreased job satisfaction to irreparable damage to interpersonal relationships at work.

In addition, in the higher education setting, student victims of sexual harassment may feel pressured to drop a class, change their major or minor, and experience physical and psychological distress. Overall, sexual harassment causes a tense and unproductive working and learning environment.

For Harassers

Consequences of sexual harassment may include referral for training, referral for counseling, written or verbal reprimand, suspension, reassignment, demotion or termination of employment. Referral to another appropriate authority for review for possible violation of State and Federal statutes may also be appropriate.

Any student found to have violated any portion(s) of the Ramapo College policy may be subjected to appropriate disciplinary action which may include, but is not limited to:  referral for an educational program, referral for counseling, written or verbal reprimand, probation, suspension, or expulsion.

For more information regarding the procedure for student on student harassment complains please visit the Office of Student Conduct website and see the “Sexual Misconduct Policy Governing Students” located within the Student Handbook.