Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. The harasser could be a member of the faculty, staff, someone outside the campus community or a fellow student.
Sexual harassment can take many forms ranging from repeated and unwanted comments intended to stigmatize another on the basis of one’s sex, to subtle pressure for sexual activity to unwelcome physical conduct such as unwanted touching of another’s body to sexual violence.
Other examples of sexual harassment include (but are NOT limited to):
- Graphic comments about a person’s body
- Sexually explicit pictures or suggestive objects placed in a living or work space (that a reasonable person would find offensive)
- Unwanted propositions of a sexual nature, or demands for sexual favors
- Unwanted telephone calls or e-mails with sexually explicit content
- Unwanted sexual contact