Student Handbook: Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment 13-14

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

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No student or employee at Northwestern State University shall be subjected to unsolicited and unwelcome sexual conduct, either verbal or physical. Sexual misconduct violates University policy as well as state and federal laws and is specifically prohibited. It is neither permitted nor condoned.

Sexual harassment occurs when such behavior constitutes unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature, when: …

  • Such conduct has been or is sufficiently severe and pervasive that it has the effect of substantially and unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, educational, or living environment, or adversely affecting any student. …
  • 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, or adversely affecting any student. …
  • Other unwelcome conduct directed at an applicant, employee, or student because of his or her gender may also be deemed to be sexual harassment.

The following situations, if sufficiently severe and pervasive, may rise to the level of sexual harassment:
1. Verbal conduct of a sexual nature such as talking about sex or sexual feelings, telling sexual jokes or stories, asking personal questions about dating or sexual life, making sexual comments or innuendo, whistling or making other suggestive sounds, repeatedly asking for dates or other personal attentions.
2. Nonverbal conduct of a sexual nature such as displaying materials with sexually suggestive words or pictures, making sexual gestures, and giving gifts or other items of a sexual or personal nature.
3. Physical conduct of a sexual nature such as touching, kissing, hugging, messaging, brushing up against another person, having sex or attempting to have sexual relationships with another person.

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