OSEA is committed to the eradication of discrimination based on race, racial identification, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, sexuality, religion, class, ethnicity, age, national origin, language, educational background or upbringing, physical or health abilities, regional origin, and culture. The motivation, mission and values of OSEA are premised on the basic human rights of respect, tolerance, understanding, acceptance, and equality of difference between persons and peoples. In this spirit, OSEA has developed educational services and activities, including research, training and exchange programs, to contribute to the elimination of discrimination and harassment.
In consideration of these values and its mission, OSEA is an organization that understands sexual harassment to be a pernicious and pervasive form of discrimination that requires special consideration and attention in order to be identified and eliminated. Sexual Harassment is against the law in the United States and in México and is a form of discrimination that is based on and targets gender, sexual orientation, sexual identification, and sexuality.
Towards these objectives, the OSEA Policy on Sexual Harassment provides guidelines regarding: its identification and the communication of its real, or potential occurrence, by victims, OSEA staff, participants, associates or other non-OSEA observers from the community; criteria for understanding different contexts in which it can manifest and how these can affect the meaning of interactions; procedures for registering, filing, adjudicating, addressing, and successfully resolving complaints.
OSEA is committed to updating and improving policy to maintain compliance with legal requirements in the workplace defined by EEOC. As well OSEA seeks to maintain policy, procedures and practices involving sexual harassment in educational contexts that maintains the spirit and meaning of accepted norms and expectations that derive from Title IX even though OSEA is not a federally funded educational institution. In compliance with the EEOC Guidelines and our policy, OSEA prohibits harassment of any kind. If the result of an investigation indicates that corrective action is called for, such action may include disciplinary measures, including immediate termination of the employment of the offender.
It is unlawful to harass a person (participant, employee, or applicant) because of that person’s sex, gender, sexuality, or orientation. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex, sexuality, sexual orientation or gender. Both victim and the harasser can be of any sex, gender, sexuality, or orientation. Both victim and the harasser may have US, Mexican or other national citizenship. Both, or at least one of, the victim or the harasser can be an employer, employee, participant, or community member. Although the law does not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive environment for education or work or when it results in adverse employment decision.
Discrimination and Harassment, or more grievous offences can occur:
- Between persons of same or different sex, gender, sexualities, and orientations;
- Between persons of same or different nationalities, race, religion, physical or health abilities, class, language, educational background, regional origin or upbringing;
- Between employer and a member of the (teaching, research or administrative) staff;
- Between employer and a program participant (including interns, work study participants, research associates, and visiting lecturers);
- Between staff members and other employees, whether the staff persons are in hierarchical, “equal” or parallel positions and statuses of employment;
- Between program participants;
- Between staff and program participants;
- Between staff and members of the community where OSEA educational activities occur, including members of a homestay family;
- Between program participants and members of the community where OSEA educational activities occur;
- Between persons employed by or participants in OSEA who are US citizens in México;
- Between US citizens and Mexican nationals, either of whom may be associated with OSEA as a participant or staff;
- Between US citizens and other foreign nationals, either of whom may be associated with OSEA as a participant or staff;
- Between Mexican nationals and other, non-US foreign nationals in Mexico, either of whom may be associated with OSEA as a participant or staff.
Incidents of sexual harassment or assault involving US citizens and a Mexican citizen or foreign nationals residing in or traveling in Mexico are reported to the US Consulate in Merida, Yucatán, México and to the appropriate Mexican law enforcement and civil authorities at the determination of the aggrieved participant or staff in consultation with OSEA administrative staff and Director. In all cases in which the aggrieved wishes to pursue charges, these charges must be filed with appropriate Mexican law enforcement and civil authorities.
Download pdf of OSEA Policy on Sexual Harassment and Procedures for Reporting
OSEA actively promotes racial, sexual, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, national, ethnic, class, cultural, and religious nondiscrimination. OSEA does not discriminate against applicants and students on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual identity or orientation, class belonging, national or ethnic origin.
OSEA admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual identity and orientation, class belonging, cultural identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin and grants such persons all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities that are accorded and available to any other student participant.
OSEA prohibits discrimination on the basis of these identities in administering its educational policies, admission policies, and all school-administered programs.
OSEA pledges to continue its commitment to the achievement of equal opportunity within every one of its educational, cultural exchange, research, and outreach programs and activities.
Harassment in contexts of Anthropological Research and Ethnography Field Schools
Harassment in Field Schools are particularly complicated and requires special attention and procedures due to multiple factors, such as cross-cultural misunderstandings, misleading expectations, and simultaneous overlaying of personal and professional roles in multiple field school contexts of learning, research, fieldwork, and study.
Relevant resources are:
Mediation, Arbitration, and Filing a Formal Complaint with the EEOC