Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome verbal, nonverbal and/or physical behavior of a sexual nature that has the effect of interfering with student or employment status. It creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- It’s made clear that a person’s employment, promotion, grade or other condition of employment or education is dependent upon agreeing to the sexual suggestion.
- As a direct result of turning down the suggestion, academic or employment decisions are made that affect the victim in a negative manner.
- The conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic working/academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, educational or living environment.
Examples of sexual harassment may include but are not limited to: verbal conduct of a sexual nature; subtle pressure for sexual activity; sexual remarks about an individual’s or group’s body or sexual activities; unnecessary touching, patting or pinching; demands for sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats or offers concerning one’s job, grades, letter of recommendation, etc.; physical sexual assault.