Sexual harassment is one of the oldest forms of sex discrimination. It is defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature 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 work or academic environment.
Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Conduct by individuals in positions of authority or by co-workers or peers that creates a hostile working or learning environment or unreasonably interferes with the ability of a person to perform his/her employment or academic responsibilities; such conduct might include but is not limited to the following:
* Repeated, unwelcome requests for dates
* Sexually explicit language or writings
* Displaying or electronically transmitting lewd pictures or notes
* Remarks or conduct that demean or belittle an individual personally or in general because of his/her gender. (This type of gender harassment is a violation of the policy even though the remarks are not sexually provocative and the conduct does not involve sexual advances.)