Student Handbook: Harassment (Sexual) 13-14

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

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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:

  1. Unwelcome sexual propositions.
  2. Graphic comments about a person’s body.
  3. Sexually suggestive objects or pictures in the workplace or academic environment.
  4. Sexually degrading words to describe a person.
  5. Derogatory or sexually explicit statements about an actual or supposed sexual relationship.
  6. Unwelcome touching, patting, pinching or leering.
  7. 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.

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