University of Memphis Policy Manual – Policy No. 1:2A:12:04 [Harassment - Sexual or Racial]

Category: Harassment Policies, Statement School: University of Memphis Statement Rating: Not Rated

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I. Policy

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In both obvious and subtle ways, even a suggestion of sexual or racial harassment is destructive to individual students, faculty, staff, and the academic community as a whole.

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A. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when one of the following criteria is met:

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3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or educational experience or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or educational environment.

B. Sexual harassment encompasses any sexual attention that is unwanted and can take many forms, but most sexual harassment falls into three categories: verbal, visual, and physical. The examples listed above are not exclusive, but simply represent
types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment. Some examples of behavior or conduct that may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

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3. Suggestive or inappropriate communications, e-mail, notes, letters, or other written materials displaying objects or pictures which are sexual in nature that would create hostile or offensive work or living environments

4. Sexual innuendoes, comments, and remarks about a person's clothing, body or activities

5. Suggestive or insulting sounds

6. Whistling in a suggestive manner

7. Humor and jokes about sex that denigrate men or women

8. Sexual propositions, invitations, or pressure for sexual activity

9. Implied or overt sexual threats

10. Suggestive or obscene gestures

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