Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Centre College Statement Rating: Yellow

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Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when … 3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic
performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, academic, or campus environment.


Examples of unacceptable verbal expression or physical conduct that may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: … a pattern of conduct in class, in the work-place, or in the general campus environment that a reasonable person would identify as creating a sexist atmosphere, that is, an atmosphere that demeans or oppresses people simply by virtue of their sex. Examples of such patterns of conduct might include persistent denigration of women or men through sexist humor or remarks, assignment according to gender of tasks that are not gender-specific, or other activities that, by alienating or discouraging members of one sex, tend to impair their academic or professional performance or their ability to function within the community (e.g., hanging of signs in the dining hall which depict women/men in a derogatory manner, yelling sexist remarks from windows as men/women walk by); behavior that would discomfort or humiliate a reasonable person through one or more of the following: i) inappropriate touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person’s body, ii) remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body, iii) remarks about sexual activity or speculation about previous sexual experience or sexual orientation, or iv) other sexually suggestive remarks or insults.

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