Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature are not permitted. The following constitutes sexual harassment: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating a hostile or offensive working or academic environment.
The following conduct may also constitute sexual harassment:
- Unwelcome sexual propositions.
- Graphic comments about a person’s body.
- Sexually suggestive objects or pictures in the workplace or academic environment.
- Sexually degrading words to describe a person.
- Derogatory or sexually explicit statements about an actual or supposed sexual relationship.
- Unwelcome touching, patting, pinching or leering.
- Derogatory gender-based humor.
A single incident that creates a distracting or uncomfortable atmosphere on a given day may not constitute sexual harassment, however, isolated or sporadic acts that are severe may constitute sexual harassment. A series of individual minor incidents over time may have the cumulative effect of becoming sexually harassing. Such conduct whether intended or not may constitute sexual harassment.