Spartan Life Student Handbook: Policy on Sexual Harassment 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Michigan State University Statement Rating: Green

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“Sexual harassment” means unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature when: … such behavior is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that a reasonable person would find that it: a) alters the terms or conditions of a person’s employment or educational experience, or b) unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or performance in a course, program, or activity, thus creating a hostile or abusive working or educational environment.

A person’s subjective belief that behavior is offensive does not make that behavior sexual harassment. The behavior must also be objectively unreasonable.

Examples of Sexual Harassment Many kinds of behavior may fit within the preceding definition of sexual harassment. The following list is not exhaustive. … sexual advances, sexual propositions, or sexual demands which are not agreeable to both parties; unwelcome and persistent sexually explicit statements or stories which are not legitimately related to employment duties, course content, research, or other University programs or activities ; repeatedly using sexually degrading words or sounds to describe a person; unwanted and unnecessary touching, patting, hugging, or other physical contact; recurring comments or questions about an individual’s sexual prowess, sexual deficiencies, or sexual behavior.

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