Human Resources: Sexual Harassment Policy Statement 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Clark University Statement Rating: Green

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Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance or request for sexual favors or any conduct of a sexual nature when … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or academic performance by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, living, or educational environment.

[I]t is the effect of behavior, as defined by the “reasonable person standard”, not the intent of the person who did the behavior, that determines sexual harassment.

Examples of the kinds of conduct that may be considered inappropriate behavior, sexual misconduct, or sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: * Unwelcome sexual propositions, invitations and solicitations; * Unwelcome verbal expressions of a sexual nature, including graphic commentaries about a person’s body, dress, appearance, or sexual activities; * Unwelcome inappropriate contact such as patting, tickling or brushing up against a person; * Demands or requests for sexual favors, accompanied by implied or overt promises or threats concerning an individual’s academic or employment status; * The creation of a hostile environment by the display or exposure of literature, materials, or actions perceived to be sexual in nature (e.g. pin-up calendars, offensive joke telling, etc.). These actions in and of themselves are not always considered sexual harassment, but when performed repeatedly, or in a manner designed to humiliate or intimidate another, can be found to meet the definition.

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