Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature or on the basis of sex. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct on the basis of sex or of a sexual nature including acts of sexual violence. In most cases, to constitute sexual harassment the incident, behavior or conduct will involve:
• Submission to or rejection of the conduct is either an explicit or implicit term or condition of employment, instruction, evaluation of academic work, or participation in any University academic program, activity or benefit;
• Submission to or rejection of these behaviors by an individual is used as a basis for evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions or decisions regarding participation in a University activity; or
• These behaviors are sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to have the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s educational experience, working conditions or campus living conditions by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
A single instance of sexual violence may be sufficiently severe to constitute sexual harassment.
Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
• Pressure for sexual activity, sexual favors or a romantic or intimate relationship;
• Unwelcome touching of a person’s body, hair or clothing;
• Verbal abuse or hostile behavior such as insulting, teasing, mocking, degrading or ridiculing another person or group based on gender or sex;
• Unwelcome jokes, comments or questions about gender or sex (including favorable comments about someone’s gender, body, clothing, appearance);
• Asking about a person’s sexual activities or interests;
• Repeatedly asking for a date or making other romantic or sexual advances after the person has said “no”;
• Nonverbal behavior, such as making sexual gestures with hands or through body movements;
• Displaying sexually discriminatory or explicit posters or pictures; and
• Electronic and other forms of communications including e-mail, text messaging and internet use, that violate this Policy.
Other Forms of Misconduct: Other forms of gender-based or sexual misconduct are also covered by this Policy. Examples of such misconduct may include, but are not limited to, actions that are degrading and/or abusive.