Kundiman Policy on Sexual Harassment


It is the policy of Kundiman that no member of the Kundiman community—fellows, faculty, administrators, staff, contractors, or third parties—may sexually harass any other member of the community. This is a zero tolerance policy. Sexual harassment violates the community values and principles of our organization and disrupts the living and learning environment for fellows, faculty, staff and other community members. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances; the use or threatened use of sexual favors as a basis for Kundiman program decisions; conduct that creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive environment; conduct that has the effect of interfering with an individual’s activity in Kundiman programs; and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is severe, persistent, or pervasive to limit a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from a Kundiman program or activity.

Romantic or sexual relationships that might be appropriate in other contexts may be inappropriate within Kundiman programs. Staff members and faculty are in a position to influence students/fellows' educational and professional experiences and are charged with the responsibility of assisting fellows or protecting students. It is therefore a violation of this policy for romantic or sexual relationships to transpire in which one partner is in a position of power or authority over another.


Some examples of sexual harassment may include (but are not limited to): 

  • Pressure for a dating, romantic, or intimate relationship
  • Unwelcome sexual advances
  • Unwelcome touching, kissing, hugging, or massaging
  • Pressure for or forced sexual activity
  • Unnecessary references to parts of the body
  • Remarks about a person's gender, nonconformity with gender stereotypes, or sexual orientation
  • Sexual innuendo or humor
  • Obscene gestures
  • Sexual graffiti, pictures, or posters
  • Sexually explicit profanity
  • Stalking or cyberbullying that is based on gender or sex
  • E-mail, texting (“sexting”) and Internet use that violates this policy
  • Sexual assault or violence


If a complaint of sexual harassment is found to be substantiated, appropriate corrective action will follow, including separation of the offending party from Kundiman programs and activities.


Kundiman prohibits retaliation against anyone for registering a complaint pursuant to this policy, assisting another in making a complaint, or participating in an investigation under this policy. Anyone experiencing any conduct that they believe to be retaliatory should immediately report it to the Kundiman Executive Director or Board President.

If you believe you have been harassed:

  • Contact the Kundiman Executive Director or Board President.
  • Don't blame yourself.
  • Don't delay reporting a problem.

If you witness or become aware of possible harassing conduct by others:

  • Contact the Kundiman Executive Director or Board President.

If you think you may have offended or harassed someone:

  • Don't assume others will tell you when they feel offended or harassed by what you say and do.
  • Examine how others respond to what you say and do.
  • Change your behavior.