Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s right to achieve an educational objective or to work in an environment free of intimidation, hostility or threats stemming from acts or language of a sexual nature.
Examples of sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• non-sexual slurs about one’s gender;
• contrived work or study assignments and assigning more onerous or unpleasant tasks
predominately to employees or students of one gender;
• repeated unwanted touching, patting or pinching;
• repeated inappropriate social invitations or requests for sexual favors;
• repeated unwanted discussions of sexual matters;
• use of sexual jokes, stories, analogies or images which are not related to the subject of the class or work situation;
• touching, fondling or deliberate brushing against another person;
• ogling, leering or prolonged stares at another’s body;
• display or use of sexual graffiti or sexually-explicit pictures or objects; and
• sexually suggestive jokes, comments, e-mails, or other written or oral communications.
Other forms of harassment based upon race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or age may have the same impact as sexual harassment. In the absence of other policies addressing these specific issues, the university encourages the use of the steps and procedures in this policy in reporting other types of harassment and will generally conduct investigations of those complaints in the same manner.