Student Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policy 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of South Carolina Columbia Statement Rating: Yellow

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Harassment is a specific type of illegal discrimination. It includes conduct (oral, written, graphic, or physical) which is directed against any student or group of students because of or based upon one or more of the characteristics articulated in Section II above, that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the ability of an individual or group to participate in or benefit from the programs, services, and activities provided by the University. Such harmful conduct may include, but is not limited to, objectionable epithets, demeaning depictions or treatment, and threatened or actual abuse or harm.

Sexual harassment is a specific type of discrimination which is defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it adversely affects a student’s or student group’s ability to participate in or benefit from the programs and services provided by the University. Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment in violation of this policy include, but are not limited to, the following types of unwelcome and harmful behavior: … Verbal Conduct i. Direct propositions of a sexual nature ii. Sexual innuendos and other sexually suggestive or provocative behavior iii. Repeated, unwanted requests for dates iv. Repeated inappropriate personal comments v. Unwelcome and inappropriate letters, telephone calls, electronic mail, or other communication or gifts vi. Requests for sexual favors.

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