Student Handbook: SMU Policy on Sexual Harassment 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Southern Methodist University Statement Rating: Yellow

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Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, such behavior as unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed toward a student, member of the faculty or staff, or an applicant seeking to join the University community, particularly when any of the following circumstances is present: … The behavior described has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for work or learning, or unduly interfering with an individual’s work performance. For purposes of this policy, “undue interference” is defined as improper, unreasonable, or unjustifiable behavior going beyond what is appropriate, warranted, or natural.

EXAMPLES … Subtle pressure for sexual activity (i.e., “How would you like to go to a conference in Minneapolis with me?”) … Pattern of conduct (not legitimately related to office business or the subject matter of a course) that causes humiliation or discomfort, such as sexually explicit or sexist comments, questions, anecdotes, or jokes.

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