In accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations and University policy, UAlbany defines sexual harassment as “unwelcome” sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person’s performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment.
In the University environment, conduct that may be considered sexually harassing for the same or opposite sex whether physical, verbal, visual, or written, include but are not limited to:
- lingering or intimate touches
- sexual jokes or innuendoes
- flirtations, e.g., repeated requests for dates
- sexual advances or propositions
- graphic comments about a person’s physique
- sexually suggestive objects or pictures displayed in areas of common viewing
Hostile environment is defined as a pattern of unwelcome behavior or a single egregious incident that creates an offensive learning or work environment. A hostile environment occurs when unwelcome conduct, sexual or sex-based, severe or pervasive, that offends, intimidates, ridicules, and insults an individual sufficiently enough to alter his/her work or learning environment. There is no absolute example of a hostile environment, as each incident is given consideration to the record as a whole and to the totality of the circumstances, including the content in which the alleged incident(s) occurred.