Your Right To Know
ASA College is committed to providing user friendly access to all the institutional policies and key procedures. The items below will give the user a short summary of the topic as well as access to more in depth information which can be found throughout the ASA website and in school publications available for download.
Academic Programs & Policies
The Academic Programs & Policies of ASA College can be found in the ASA College Catalog, page 39.
Items included in this section include: definitions of the Academic Year, Semester Credit Hour, Class Schedule, and Course Load. Additionally, the section covers important polices such as FERPA, Student Conduct and Grievance Procedures.
ASA College is a 2-year school, regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Credits earned at ASA may be transferable to four-year programs at other colleges within these organizations.
The institution is authorized by the New York State Board of Regents to confer the Associate of Occupational Studies and the Associate in Applied Science degrees. Our degree and certificate programs are registered by the State Education Department.
ASA is also accredited the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Read more about our accreditation and organization memberships here.
Athletics - Enrollment Information and EADA
For information on athletic enrollment, please visit the OPE
ASA College Factbook
This annually produced Data Book is a principal source of major information and statistics about ASA College. The current publication covers a three Academic Years period ending with year 2013-2014. This period covers 9 academic semesters starting with the Summer semester of 2011 and ending with the Spring 2014 term. Click here to view.
Campus Emergency Response and Notification
All ASA College campuses and dorms are patrolled by uniformed security personnel. They are the first point of contact should an emergency take place and can be reached at 877-441-6709. If a member of security personnel is not available, call police by dialing 911.
Additionally, any specific concerns regarding campus safety must be reported to Facilities Management at 718-534-0755 or ext. 2156.
A College Emergency Notification system which provides text, phone call and email alerts to the ASA Community can be accessed by individuals to update their contact information here
Drug and Alcohol Free Policy Information
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. ASA College works to protect and maintain the privacy of all past and current students. For more information on ASA and FERPA see the ASA Student Handbook, page 4.
Financial Aid Administrators Code of Conduct
Graduation and Retention Rates
ASA Graduation Rate is 32% for the 2010 cohort as calculated and published by the Integrated Post-secondary and Education Data System (IPEDS) of the National Center for Evaluation Statistics. IPEDS graduation rate tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.
Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 92 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013. Details by program can be found on the ASA College website www.asa.edu/disclosure.asp
Grievance Reporting Procedures
It is required of every ASA College student to submit Immunization records to the Registrar's office within 30 days of the start of the semester. This is listed in the ASA College Student Handbook, page 7
Online Privacy and Security Policies
ASA College is committed to respecting your privacy. You can visit official ASA College websites without revealing any personal information. Should you choose to provide us with any personal information, you can be assured that it will only be used by ASA to conduct official school business and personal information will never be disseminated to any unaffiliated third party. Review our entire Online Privacy and Security Policy by clicking here
Refund and Withdrawal Policies
Recording Classroom Lectures
Faculty members may voluntarily make audio or video recordings of classroom lectures for instructional purposes related to their courses at ASA College. Students are not permitted to record classroom lectures using personal recording devices (e.g. iPod, iPad, video/camera phone, digital recorder, etc.) unless permission is obtained from the faculty member and there are no objections from any of the students present in the class. Permission to record a classroom lecture that a faculty member grants to a student is limited to the student's own personal use to achieve the educational goals of the course.
If a student receives permission from a faculty member to record a lecture using equipment not provided by ASA College and there are no objections from the students in the class; the student agrees not to transfer the recording to a computer, internet, or other electronic device, or distribute the recording or a derivative work of the recording to any other person, or use the recording for any purpose other than the student's own personal education unless written permission is obtained from the faculty member and the students participating in the recording. Unauthorized downloading, file sharing or distribution of all or any portion of a recorded classroom lecture may be deemed a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and other applicable policies and laws.
Students may record a classroom lecture as part of an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Permission should be coordinated among ASA College, the faculty member and student.
Use of the Video or Audio Recording
A recorded classroom lecture may not be used for any purpose except to meet the educational objectives of that particular class.
Student Viewing and Listening to a Recorded Lecture
Recorded lectures will be made available only to students in a streaming audio/video format through ASA's Distance Learning platform. Students who receive or are provided access to a recorded lecture are prohibited from displaying, distributing, performing, displaying or copying the recorded lecture to another electronic device, circumventing technology controls, uploading the lecture to the Internet, or sharing the recorded lecture or any portion thereof with anyone.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
ASA uses both quantitative and qualitative measures to determine academic progress. Quantitative measures are the total number of credits attempted by the student in his or her program of study. For purposes of Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, credit hours attempted include any hours for which a student has incurred a financial obligation regardless of whether or not the student successfully completed the course. For more information on Academic Progress see the ASA College Catalog, page 46
Student Code of Conduct
Students who are enrolled in ASA College are obliged to conduct themselves in a manner that is in keeping with the functions of the College as an educational institution. Therefore, violations of the student code of conduct are subject to disciplinary action. Those actions can include warnings, disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal from the college. Infractions of the student code of conduct are not limited to the following:
All students are required to wear the college ID card while on ASA College premises. At orientation, students will be invited to have their pictures taken for their ID cards. These cards will be processed and ready for pickup during the second week of each semester. After the third week of classes, no student will be admitted to class/laboratories/library without the college ID. Students must show their ID card to security when entering ASA buildings and/or floors, and must surrender the ID card to a college official upon request.
At ASA College, we expect all members of our community to conduct themselves in a polite and professional manner. Any behavior (physical or verbal) that interferes with the College’s educational objectives, or is harmful to the safety of the ASA community, is subject to disciplinary action. These behaviors include, but are not limited to, making excessive noise; disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct; expressions and inappropriate intimate behavior; disruptive conduct in the classroom, offices, and corridors; and, harassment of students, staff, or faculty.
Cellular Phone Usage
The use of cellular phones in academic and study areas of the college including but not limited to classrooms, libraries, laboratories and learning centers is prohibited. Cellular telephones should be turned off or set to vibrate during class sessions. Students are not permitted to take calls, send or receive text messages during class, or leave the classroom during scheduled class time to conduct a cellular conversation. Interruptions are counterproductive to the learning process and can be viewed as disrespect to the class. Exercise quiet courtesy when conducting a cellular conversation in the corridors outside of classrooms and offices; and, keep the conversation brief.
Standards of Proper Attire
Students are encouraged to dress in a manner appropriate to the customary standards expected in a business environment; that is, a collared dress shirt with tie, slacks, and dress shoes for men, and conservative office attire for women. However, since ASA recognizes that this style of dress may present a financial burden to some students, we permit a more liberal standard of dress. Casual clothing (i.g., jeans, T-shirts, sneakers, walking shorts, and sandals) may be worn.
Under no circumstances however, may students wear any of the following attire while on college premises: tank tops, halter tops, cut-off jeans, low-waist/low wearing jeans, skintight attire, miniskirts, mini-shorts or any clothing that may be offensive or disruptive. Additionally, please be advised that computer labs are maintained at cooler temperatures which would be less than comfortable to students who are not wearing appropriate attire.
Students may not wear hats, du-rags or headphones, nor listen to portable or personal music units while in the college. Special attire such as lab coats or scrubs must be worn for lab/clinical courses. No open-toed sandals may be worn in the clinical labs. Any student who does not adhere to ASA’s dress code may be asked to leave the premises to change attire and/or be suspended from the college for noncompliance.
Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
Any form of sexual harassment is considered to be a violation of ASA College policy and a violation of Federal law. Sexual harassment is described as unsolicited, non-reciprocated behavior, including, but not limited to: unsolicited verbal comments and harassment; sexist remarks about a person’s body or sexual activities; touching, pinching, or unnecessary touching; subtle pressure or demands for sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning employment or student status; and physical assault. Individuals who feel they are victims of sexual harassment should follow the College Grievance Procedure that is detailed in this handbook. ASA will investigate reported incidents confidentially and take any necessary action. Disciplinary actions include suspension or dismissal from the college, depending on the nature and substance of the grievance.
Students who are found in violation of ethical and moral behavior during their tenure at ASA College will face disciplinary actions that include suspension or dismissal.
Affirmative Consent is defined as a knowing, voluntary and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or action create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. For individuals to engage in sexual activity of any type with each other there must be clear, knowing, and voluntary affirmative consent prior to and during sexual activity. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
The following principles, along with the above definition, will be used to evaluate whether sexual activity was consensual:
• Consent to form of sexual contact (including, but not limited to kissing or fondling) or prior consensual activity between or with any party does not necessarily constitute consent to any other form of sexual activity or to sexual activity in the future;
• Current or previous dating relationship is not sufficient to constitute consent;
• Consent is required regardless of whether the person initiating the act is under the influence of drugs and alcohol;
• Consent may be initially given but withdrawn at any time during sexual activity by expressing in words or actions that they no longer want the sexual activity to continue;
• Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated, that is, if she/he lacks the physical and/or mental ability to make informed rational decisions and therefore cannot consent to sexual activity. Incapacitation may be caused by the lack of consciousness or being asleep, being involuntarily restrained, or if an individual otherwise cannot consent. Depending on the degree of intoxication, someone who is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants may be incapacitated and therefore unable to consent;
A person is incapacitated if he/she lacks the physical and or mental ability to make informed rational decisions and therefore cannot consent to sexual activity.
A person with a medical or mental disability may also lack the capacity to give consent. Incapacitation includes, but is not limited to, lack of consciousness, being asleep, being involuntarily restrained, or otherwise being unable to consent.
Indicators of incapacitation may include:
• Slurred speech;
• Bloodshot or unfocused eyes;
• Unsteady gait; needing assistance to walk/stand;
• Outrageous or unusual behavior;
• Concerned expressed by others about the individual;
• Expressed memory loss or disorientation;
Consent cannot be given when it is the result of any coercion, intimidation, force or threat of harm. When consent is withdrawn or can no longer be given, sexual activity must stop. Sexual activity with a minor (a person under 17 years old) is not consensual, because a minor is considered incapable of giving consent due to age.
Consent must be active and full. If any type of manipulation, threat, or force is used to obtain a “yes” to sexual activity, the “yes” does not qualify as consent. Silence does not mean “yes”. If a person is afraid to say “no”, physically immobilized as a result of coercion, or incapacitated due to drug and alcohol consumption or a mental disability, they are unable to consent to sexual activity.
Policy for “Alcohol and/or Drug-Use Amnesty”
The health and safety of every student at ASA College is of utmost importance. The College recognize that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that Sexual Misconduct including but not limited to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, or Sexual Assault, occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear to potential consequences for their own conduct. The College strongly encourages students to promptly report any incident of Sexual Misconduct to Institution officials. A Bystander acting in good faith or Reporting Individual acting in good faith who discloses any incident of Sexual Misconduct to College officials or law enforcement will not be subject to the College’s Code of Conduct action for violations of alcohol and drug use policies occurring at or near the commission of the Sexual Misconduct.
Code of Conduct “Students’ Bill of Rights” (Section 6443)
All ASA College students who experience domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and/or sexual assault have the right to:
1. Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police.
2. Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously.
3. Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and to participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the institution.
4. Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard.
5. Be treated with dignity and to receive from the College courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available.
6. Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations.
7. Describe the incident to as few College representatives as practicable and not to be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident.
8. Be protected from retaliation by the College, any student, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the College.
9. Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination.
10. Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, orrespondent throughout the judicial or conduct process, including during all meetings and hearings related to suchprocess.
11. Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the College.
To file a Report of Sexual Misconduct contact Marcus Browne, Title IX Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 718-522-9073 ext. 2026/212-672-6450 ext. 1230.
If there an emergency, outside of business hours you may contact him at 718-801-1083.
Copies of this Bill of Rights is now available on the ASA College’s website, and is posted in each designated student lounge and distributed to all freshmen during Freshmen Orientation and Freshmen Social Week, the third week of their first semester.
ASA College has an absolute prohibition on hazing. Hazing is defined as an action or situation created on or off campus which recklessly or intentionally harms, damages, or endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purposes of, including, but not limited to, initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating within ASA College.
Hazing includes, but not limited to:
• Pressuring or coercing a student into violating College rules or local, state or federal law.
• Brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements.
• Forced/encouraged consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or other forced/encouraged physical activity that could adversely affect the physical or mental health or safety of the student.
• Any activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation.
• Forced/encouraged exclusion from social contact.
• Forced/encouraged conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment.
• Forced/encouraged activity that could adversely affect the mental health of dignity of the student.
• Any other activity which is consistent with the regulations and policies of ASA College.
It is not a defense to a charge of hazing that:
• The consent of the alleged victim had been obtained.
• The conduct of activity that resulted in the death or injury of a person was not part of an official organizational event or was not otherwise sanctioned or approved by the organization.
• The conduct or activity that resulted in death or injury of the person was not done as a condition of membership to an organization.
• The conduct of activity was not done to intentionally cause physical or emotional harm.
The principles of academic integrity encompass standards of honesty and truth. Each member of the college has a responsibility to uphold the standards of the community and to take action when others violate them. Faculty members have an obligation to educate students about the standards of academic integrity and to report violations of these standards to the appropriate chairperson. Students are responsible for knowing the standards and adhering to them. Students should also bring any violations of which they are aware to the attention of their instructors. One of the most important aspects of academic integrity concerns the just measure of each student’s academic accomplishments. For instructors to fairly assess each student’s academic performance, it is essential that the instructor be assured that the work used to evaluate that performance is genuinely the student’s own. While this handbook does not define academic dishonesty in exhaustive terms, the following types of behavior that defeat the intent of an examination or other class work are unacceptable to ASA College:
• Communicating (written, oral, or otherwise) with fellow students during an examination or quiz;
• Using notes, books, other written materials, calculators, or other aids (except when approved by the instructor);
• Providing or receiving information about the content of an examination;
• Attempting in any manner to benefit from the work of another student (such as copying from other students during examinations or copying other students projects or assignments);
• Having someone else take an examination for the student;
• Using other persons or services to prepare written work that is submitted as the student’s own;
• Using previously or concurrently submitted papers, projects or assignments written by other students;
• Submitting the same or very similar projects, papers, or assignments in different sections of multiple section courses by collaborating students;
• Submitting plagiarized work as the student’s own.
Academic dishonesty has the immediate consequence of a failing grade on the test, examination, term paper, project, or other assignment on which cheating or plagiarism occurred. Breaches of academic integrity can lead to the commencement of a disciplinary proceeding to determine whether the offending party should be reprimanded, censured, placed on disciplinary probation, suspended, or expelled. Instructors have the authority to impose all of the above rules and regulations. Any issues, complaints, or concerns will be handled by instructors. If they are unable to resolve the problem, the chain of command described in the section on College Grievance Procedure will be followed.
Conduct in the Classroom
Students are prohibited from personal visits while class is in session. Only students listed in the class roster will be allowed in class (guests, family members, children, pets, and other visitors are not allowed.) Discussions and activities that are not relevant to the class in session will not be tolerated. Disruptive behavior of any sort is prohibited anywhere in the college. Any offender will be liable for sanctions that can include suspension or dismissal. A detailed description of ASA’s Disciplinary Procedures is outlined in this handbook.
Since the classroom experience and interchange of ideas through discussion cannot be duplicated or repeated, students are expected to attend classes regularly. Not only is regular attendance necessary to derive the maximum benefit from education, it also helps develop good work habits and attitudes that are highly valued by the program community.
Students are expected to attend all meetings of classes for which they are registered, including the first and last scheduled meetings and the final examination period. Students who fail to attend the first class and who have not previously notified their instructors of their absence may be withdrawn from the course by the Office of the Registrar in consultation with the instructor. Instructors will take attendance and monitor academic progress. Students should be careful to observe the attendance policies of ASA College as this affects their continued status in the program. Students are responsible for all that transpires in class whether or not they are in attendance. In all cases, responsibility for making up missed work rests entirely with the student. Students absent for more than one week have the responsibility of reporting their absence to their advisor and their division chairperson. If a student does not attend a course consecutively during the first four weeks of a semester, the college reserves the right to withdraw/drop the student from that course. Moreover, the college will terminate a student after two (2) consecutive weeks of non-attendance in all of his/her classes. Reversal of the dismissal is contingent on the merit of the student’s appeal.
Students who have been administratively withdrawn have ONE WEEK from the date of their termination to appeal and request re-instatement. Administrators reserve the right to grant reinstatement on a case-by-case basis in the subsequent week. The deadline for appealing and processing reinstatement is two weeks from the date of the unofficial withdrawal.
Students are not permitted to record classroom lectures or discussions without the permission of the Division Chair.
Participation in official college activities, personal emergencies and religious observances are valid reasons for absences. Students are responsible for informing instructors about their absence and for completing assignments given during their absence. A student cannot attend classes without being officially enrolled. Registrations are not processed after the designated registration period of the semester.
Students taking online courses through ASA’s Distance Learning program must be aware of alternate attendance requirements and policies. Since the teaching and learning outcomes are monitored virtually in the distance learning format, students are required to participate regularly in the online discussions through which their instructors record attendance. Consequently, these synchronous and asynchronous sessions serve as an integral part of online education and missing sessions have significant negative effects on grades and/or the student’s continued participation in the course. Students absent from these sessions are entirely responsible for making up missed work. Students absent for more than one week have the responsibility of reporting their absences to their online instructor, advisor and Distance Learning Director. Students not attending for two consecutive weeks in all their courses will be withdrawn from their program.
Regular attendance to classes is essential for students to acquire quality training. Attendance is a component of the course grading requirements. In the case of a planned absence, the student has to advise the instructor of the projected dates, and ask for assignments to make up for the absence. When the absence is due to unforeseen circumstances, the student is advised to call the student advisor so that the instructors can be informed. Students are responsible for all that transpires in class whether or not they are in attendance. In all cases, responsibility for making up missed work rests entirely with the student. Grading requirements in many courses incorporate a minimum attendance requirement. Therefore, students who have attendance issues should expect to receive a lower grade. Students absent in all scheduled courses for four consecutive weeks are in danger of being dismissed from their program of study.
Drug and Alcohol Free Policy
The following information is presented in compliance with the Drug-free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. In compliance with Federal regulations, ASA College is committed to providing a drug-free, healthy, safe, and secure workplace and environment, and has implemented a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program. The College will annually notify employees and students that the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on College property, or as any part of College activity, is prohibited.
Illicit Drugs Prohibited - The unlawful possession, use, and distribution of illicit drugs on College property, or as any part of College activity, is prohibited. Criminal Penalties - A student or employee’s violation of this prohibition may result in arrest and conviction under applicable criminal laws of the United States, the State of New York, or local municipalities. Conviction may result in legal penalties.
Sanctions imposed by the College - Students and employees who violate the College’s policy against illicit drugs and alcohol are subject to sanctions imposed by the College which are consistent with local, state, and federal law and regulations. Such sanctions may include, but are not limited to, the offender’s expulsion from the College or termination of College employment, and referral to other authorities for prosecution. Disciplinary action against employees or students will be initiated in accordance with the College policy.
Health Risks - The following nonexclusive list of health risks have been identified with the use and abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol: memory loss; depression; fetal alcohol syndrome; problem pregnancy; sclerosis; circulatory problems; insomnia; heart failure; respiratory arrest; cardiac arrest; seizures; coma; anxiety; paranoia; irritability; fatigue; mental illness; death. Available Assistance Treatment Programs – While the College recognizes drug and alcohol dependency and/or the abuse of drugs and alcohol to be a major health problem, as well as a safety and security problem, it currently does not provide drug/alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs for students. However, many resources are available to employees and students seeking assistance with such problems in the community. As part of the College’s drug awareness program, literature and a list of available community drug counseling and rehabilitation services are available under separate cover.
No Smoking Policy
Consistent with responsibilities imposed by both the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act and New York City’s Smoke-Free Air Act, smoking is prohibited on the territory of ASA College. Any student who is observed smoking in the college building will receive a verbal warning to extinguish his or her cigarette. After receiving one warning, students are subject to suspension for any further violation. Repeated violations can result in dismissal. Students wishing to smoke are to leave the premises and smoke outdoors.
Students With Disabilities
ASA College complies with all federal laws related to disability access and does not discriminate in service or employment. The Office of Student Disability Services will provide students, faculty and staff with assistance and information on issues of access and participation for people with disabilities at ASA College. Read more here.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees for ASA College vary depending on program and campus. To review our full disclosure and consumer information on costs associated with each academic program, click here
ASA College is proud to provide educational opportunities to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The school has been selected by G.I. Jobs Magazine as a Military Friendly® School. This honor places ASA and our veterans programs in the top 16% of all school nationwide. For more information on Veteran's Benefits and ASA click here.
ASA College is an equal employment affirmative action institution. The college does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, gender, race, color, creed, religion, marital status, national or ethnic origin, disability, or sexual orientation in its admissions, employment, educational programs, student services, activities, or administration of education policy, except as such condition may constitute some bona fide occupational or assignment qualifications.
ASA is firmly committed to providing all students equal access to its programs, resources, opportunities and facilities. Violations of the College’s policies against unlawful discrimination and harassment may result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to being barred from campus, suspended, or dismissed from the College.
ASA is committed to a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, status as a veteran, or any other protected status. Offensive or harassing behavior will not be tolerated against any employee. This policy covers students, vendors, customers, or others who enter our workplace, as well as all employees. Supervisory or managerial personnel are responsible for taking proper action to end such behavior in their workplace.
In an effort to prevent sexual and other forms of harassment from occurring, this policy against harassment will be communicated to each employee. No employee of this company is exempt from this policy.
Offensive conduct or harassment of a sexual nature, or based on race/ color/ religion/ age, sex, national origin, disability, status as a veteran or any protected status is prohibited. This may include but is not limited to:
• Offensive physical actions, written, spoken,or graphic communication (for example/ obscene hand or finger gestures or sexually explicit drawings).
• Any type of physical contact when the action is unwelcome by recipient (for example, brushing up against someone in an offensive manner).
• Expectations, requests, demands, or pressure for sexual favors.
• Slurs, jokes, posters, cartoons, and gestures that are offensive.
• Any form of bullying that rises to the level of harassment, i.e., bullying and harassment based on gender or sex stereotypes including sexual harassment and gender-based harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.
Any such offensive conduct will be considered a prohibited form of harassment when any of the following are true:
• There is a promise or implied promise of preferential treatment or negative consequence regarding employment decisions or status,
• Such conduct has the effect of creating an intimidating or hostile or offensive work environment, or unreasonably interferes with a person’s work performance.
• A third party is offended by the sexual conduct or communication of others.
Harassment is considered a form of employee misconduct. Disciplinary action, up to and including termination, will be taken against any employee engaging in this type of behavior. Any supervisor or manager who has knowledge of such behavior yet takes no action to end it is also subject to disciplinary action.
Anyone who believes he or she is being discriminated against as a result of harassing behavior (for example: other employees being given special treatment in exchange for sexual favor(s)) is encouraged to report it.
Complaints should be made to the Human Resources Director or a Vice President. All complaints will remain as confidential as possible and will be subject to ASA’s Grievance Procedure (described in the following section). Complaints made in good faith will in no way be held against an employee.
Title IX Statement
It is the policy of ASA College to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) based on sex in the College’s educational programs and activities. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of sex discrimination. ASA College has designated Title IX Coordinators, listed below, to coordinate ASA College’s compliance with and response to inquiries concerning Title IX.
A person may also file a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by visiting www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/occr/complaintintro.html or calling 1-800-421-3481.
The following have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies:
Marcus Browne, Acting Director of Student Affairs,
81 Willoughby Street, 1st Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Additionally, Title IX training and information dissemination is handled by:
Human Resources Office
1293 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10001