Eastern Florida State College is committed to provide equal access and equal opportunity in student admissions, services and programs and in faculty and staff employment and advancement. It is the policy of the College to assure compliance with Federal and State regulations prohibiting discrimination. Eastern Florida State College, in accordance with Federal and State laws as well as with College policy, does not discriminate in any of its policies, procedures or practices on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetics, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender preference, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, ancestry, or political affiliation.
Harassment is any repeated or unwelcome verbal or physical abuse which intimidates or causes the recipient discomfort or humiliation or which interferes with the recipient's educational or job performance. Any form of harassment related to an employee's, applicant's, student's, or student applicant's race, ethnicity, color, genetics, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender preference, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, ancestry or political affiliation is a violation of this policy.
Complaints consist of disagreements between employees and/or students concerning the following:
Any employee or student having a complaint concerning workplace harassment may discuss it with the Equity Officer, Ms. Darla Ferguson, George Washington Carver Administration Building 2, Room 113, Cocoa Campus, 321-433-7080. Due to the nature of the allegation and information received, confidentiality will be preserved wherever possible.
Any employee or student having a complaint concerning harassment or discrimination may discuss it with the Equity Officer who will attempt to resolve the differences between the parties involved. Such a discussion should occur within sixty (60) days of the allegation and should include as much specific information as possible, including names and positions of persons involved, identification of witnesses, if any; the time, place and details of the incident leading to the allegation. A written statement of the complaint may be necessary for any action to be taken. Confidentiality will be kept to the extent possible to complete the investigation.
Retaliation against an individual for reporting any type of harassment or for participating in an investigation is prohibited by the College policy and State and Federal laws. Retaliation is a serious violation, which can subject the offender to discipline independent of the merits of the harassment allegation.