Affirmative Action: Frequently Asked Questions 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Grand Valley State University Statement Rating: Yellow

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Sexual harassment, including same-sex sexual harassment, is any unwanted attention of a sexual nature from someone in the workplace or classroom that causes discomfort or interferes with work or academic performance.

Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made-either explicitly or implicitly- a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, living environment or participation in any college activity;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for or factor in decision;s affecting an individual;s employment, education, living environment, or participation in any college activity;
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonable interfering with an individual’s employment or academic performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or abusive environment for that individual’s employment education, living environment, or participation in any college activity.

Some examples that may constitute sexual harassment are:
Repeated request or pressures for dates
Unwanted offensive contacts outside the workplace
Disparaging sexual remarks about one’s gender or sexual orientation, that unreasonably interfere with the individual’s learning or working.
Physical aggression such as pinching or patting
Verbal sexual abuse disguised as fun
Offensive sexual jokes

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