Sexual harassment violates our core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty. It
includes unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; and other verbal or
physical conduct of a sexual nature that is made a condition of employment, affects
employment decisions, unreasonably interferes with work performance and creates an
intimidating or hostile work environment. It will not be tolerated.
All members of the Coast Guard--military, civilian, auxiliary--expect an environment
free of sexual harassment and discrimination. Sexual harassment degrades productivity
and effectiveness as well as unit cohesion and readiness. We must all take prompt and
decisive action to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment.
Every Commander, Commanding Officer, Officer-in-Charge, and supervisor is
accountable for maintaining a work environment that does not tolerate sexual
harassment. Each of us must foster an environment of dignity and respect that is a
fundamental reflection of our core values. Tolerance of sexual harassment is poor
leadership. Therefore, it is critical that each of us hold accountable anyone who commits
sexual harassment and take immediate corrective action.
I expect each of you to uphold standards of conduct that support this policy.
T. H. COLLINS
Admiral, U. S. Coast Guard