Policies Affecting Students: Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Towson University Statement Rating: Yellow

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Generally, Sexual Harassment includes any non-consensual Sexual Contact, Sexual Exploitation, or requests for sexual favors that affect educational or employment decisions. Sexual Harassment is especially injurious in relationships characterized by inequality of power, where one party has authority over the other. Such relationships can be immediate or based upon future expectations, e.g. the need for future evaluations and references. Visual displays of degrading sexual images, sexually suggestive conduct or offensive remarks of a sexual nature may also constitute Sexual Harassment.

Unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, whether between people of same or different genders and sexual orientation, constitute Sexual Harassment when: 3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment; or 4. such conduct by an employee, a Student, or by a third party is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive to:

a. deny or limit an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity;
b. create a hostile or abusive educational environment;
c. have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment at the University.

Examples of conduct that may be Sexual Harassment include, but are not limited to:

Verbal: Offensive conversation, remarks, slurs, commentaries or epithets of a sexual nature; sexual jokes; sexual comments about appearance, clothing, body; comments concerning sexual relations.

Nonverbal: Leering, making sexual gestures.

Visual: Displaying offensive sexually oriented objects, pictures, cartoons, posters or electronic programs or email.

Physical: Touching, impeding or blocking movement, any physical interference with normal work or movement, interference with tools or possessions, sexual assault or attempted sexual assault.

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