Office of Social Equity: Sexual Harassment Policy Statement 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Statement Rating: Green

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For purposes of this policy, unsolicited sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, verbal comments, gestures, or physical contact of a sexual nature which are unwelcome constitute sexual harassment when: … Such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment. In Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, 526 U.S 629 (1999), the UlS. Supreme Court ruled that in order to constitute sex discrimination in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 the harassment must be “so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it can be said to deprive the victim’s access to the educational opportunities or benefits provided by the school.”

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