Student Handbook: Policy Against Sexual Harassment 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Fitchburg State University Statement Rating: Yellow

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By definition, sexual harassment is a form of discrimination which consists of unwelcome verbal, nonverbal and/or physical contact of a sexual nature which has the effect of interfering with student or employment status by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or learning environment. Such behavior constitutes sexual harassment when:
• Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education.
• Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual.
• Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, educational or living environment.

Examples of harassment may include but not be limited to: verbal harassment or abuse; subtle pressure for sexual activity; sexist remarks about an individual’s clothing, body or sexual activities; unnecessary touching, patting or pinching; demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning one’s job, grades or letter of recommendation, etc.; and physical sexual assault.

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