Sexual Harrassment Policy

IIPT is pledged to preserving an environment free from sexual harassment. Harassment is against the law and is a form of gender discrimination. The aim of this policy is to prevent harassment of any kind by anyone associated with IIPT.

Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or unwanted sexual attention by anyone associated with IIPT, whether male or female. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, obscene jokes, lewd comments, sexual depictions, repeated requests for dates, touching, staring or other sexual conduct.

All Members of the IIPT community are responsible for helping ensure that our workplace is kept free of sexual harassment. If you feel you have been a victim of sexual harassment or if you have witnessed sexual harassment report the behavior to the Chair of IIPT and the Chair of the Ethics Committee. The Ethics committee will investigate the matter in the same manner as other ethical complaints.

All complaints will be treated seriously, kept as confidential as possible and investigated fully.

An attitude of inquiry will be preserved in this, as in all ethical complaints, to better understand the sources of any problems that emerge in a process of review and to enable the institute to understand the broader issues whenever complaints arise. IIPT expressly forbids any retaliation against any member for reporting sexual harassment. If, however, the investigation finds that false charges have been filed, disciplinary action may be taken against anyone who provides false information.

Approved By IIPT Ethics Committee and IIPT Steering Committee 9/13/2015