Affirmative Action Office: Understanding Sexual Harassment 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Indiana University South Bend Statement Rating: Yellow

Relevant excerpt

Listed below are some of the behaviors that may be considered sexual harassment: …

Verbal Harassment:

  • Suggestive or insulting sounds
  • Sexist jokes or humor
  • Gender specific insults or comments
  • Unwanted sexual invitations, propositions, or pressure

Hostile environment harassment is a pattern of behaviors which is sexual in nature and creates a workplace or academic climate that “unreasonably interferes” with performance.

If you aren’t sure if certain behavior creates a hostile work environment, ask yourself whether a “reasonable person” would be offended. The “reasonable person” is the standard used at Indiana University to determine hostile work environment.

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