Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Harassment 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Toledo Statement Rating: Yellow

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Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment; or of interfering with one’s ability to participate in or benefit from a class or educational program or activity. For hostile work or learning environment allegations, the investigator(s) will consider whether a reasonable person in light of all the circumstances would consider the conduct at issue so severe or pervasive as to unreasonably interfere with the complainant’s employment or educational environment.

Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: … Unwelcome verbal expressions of a sexual nature, including graphic sexual comments about a person’s body, dress, appearance, or sexual activities; the unwelcome use of sexually degrading language, jokes or innuendos; unwelcome suggestive or insulting sounds or whistles; The display of inappropriate sexually oriented materials in a location where others can view them or communicated through email or other forms of communication;  A pattern of conduct, which can be subtle in nature, that has sexual overtones and is intended to create or has the effect of creating discomfort or humiliation to another; or; Unwelcome remarks speculating about a person’s sexual activities or sexual history, or remarks about one’s own sexual activities or sexual history.

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