As an instructor, be especially careful in your personal associations, particularly as regards
student interactions. Make sure your actions and the actions of your students support the
Navys policy on fraternization and reflect the Navys core values.
As a Navy instructor, make sure you maintain high standards of honesty, integrity,
impartiality, and conduct in dealing with all personnel regardless of sex. Sexual harassment is
unacceptable conduct that undermines the integrity of the instructor-student relationship. The
Navy has a longstanding policy of zero tolerance of sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination involving unwelcome sexual advances, requests
for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when the following
w Submission to or rejection of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term
or condition of a persons job, pay, or career
n Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a person is used as a basis for career or
employment decisions affecting this person
n Such conduct interferes with an individuals performance or creates an intimidating,
hostile, or offensive environment
Prevention of sexual harassment is the responsibility of all personnel. As an instructor,
however, you are in a particularly important position to prevent sexual harassment. Take an
active role in educating your students on the seriousness of such behavior and immediately
confront any conduct that may be construed as inappropriate.
When confronted about
inappropriate behavior, individuals often say they were only joking or they didnt mean
anything by it. Sexual harassment is not a joke.
A positive command/classroom climate, where behavior is professional and appropriate and
where everyone up and down the chain treats his or her subordinates and peers with courtesy
and respect, will do more than any other action to eliminate sexual harassment.
S U M M A R Y
The total Navy training program involves many elements. While all are important, the
instructor is the keystone of the entire program. The success of the Navy depends to a great
extent on the effectiveness of the instruction that individuals receive during training. As a Navy
instructor, you play a critical role in providing our operating forces with personnel trained to
maintain a high degree of fleet readiness.
Your success in that role will depend upon your
commitment to developing the professional qualities of an instructor, fulfilling your
responsibilities for both the content and quality of the curriculum you deliver, and modeling
appropriate core values and standards of conduct, particularly with respect to fraternization and
sexual harassment. In so doing, you will have a firm foundation upon which to develop specific
teaching skills and actively involve your students in the learning process.