Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office: What is Sexual Harassment? 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of California, Santa Cruz Statement Rating: Yellow

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The University of California defines sexual harassment 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 unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive university environment. … Behaviors that may contribute to a hostile environment include, but are not limited to, verbal, non-verbal, and physical sexual behaviors; coerced sex; sexual jokes and innuendoes; remarks about a person’s body; turning discussions inappropriately to sexual topics; whistling or cat calls; looking a person up and down or staring in a sexually suggestive manner; invading someone’s personal space or blocking her/his path; sexually explicit visuals such as pin-ups; suggestions of sexual intimacy; repeated requests for dates; unwanted letters, electronic mail or other computer communications; unwanted gifts; touching, hugging, massaging, and other gestures or sounds that a reasonable person of the same sex as the recipient would find offensive.

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