Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome sexual or gender-based conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s ability to work, learn or participate in the College’s programs or creates an environment that is hostile, offensive, intimidating or humiliating based on the individual’s sex or gender. Harassment of this type is usually referred to as a “sexually hostile environment.” Harassing conduct can occur in various forms, including: * Verbal – such as vulgar or lewd statements, gender-based name-calling, sexually suggestive or graphic comments, or comments that demean a person because of his or her gender. * Physical – such as unwanted rubbing of a person’s back, neck, buttocks or thighs, pinching, sexual gestures, or sexual intimidation through physical means. * Visual – such as exposing another person to unwanted pornographic magazines or videos, or displaying suggestive or lewd pictures. * Communication-based – such as sexually graphic, threatening or vulgar phone calls, email, text messages, chats or blogs. * Or any combination of these.
Union reserves the right to discipline offensive conduct that is inconsistent with community standards even if it does not rise to the level of harassment as defined by federal or state law.