Equal Opportunity and Outreach: Sexual Harassment 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Massachusetts at Lowell Statement Rating: Red

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Harassment of any kind is bothersome, demeaning, irritating, and annoying behavior. Sexual harassment is specifically harassment of a sexual nature. … Sexual Harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when … (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

Hostile environment: Unwelcome sexual behavior that makes the work/academic environment offensive, hostile or intimidating (unwelcome, repeated, causes harm).

Sexually harassing behavior includes:

(1) gender harassment, including sexist statements and behavior that conveys insulting, degrading, or sexist attitudes

(2) seductive behavior encompassing unwanted, inappropriate, and offensive physical or verbal sexual advances

(3) sexual bribery, involving solicitation of sexual activity or other sex-linked behavior by promise of reward

(4) sexual coercion of sexual activity or other sex-linked behavior by threat of punishment

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