University Business Policies and Procedures Manual: Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of New Mexico Statement Rating: Red

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2. Definition

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic advancement;
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions or academic decisions affecting such individual;
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment; or
  • a supervisor fails to take corrective action when he or she knows, or reasonably should have known, that a subordinate employee is being subjected to sexual harassment.

2.1. Examples of Sexual Harassment

Examples of sexual harassment which shall not be tolerated include but are not limited to:

  • suggestive or obscene letters, notes, invitations,
  • derogatory comments, epithets, slurs or jokes,
  • impeding or blocking movements, touching, or any physical interference with normal work,
  • sexual oriented gestures, displaying sexually suggestive or derogatory objects, pictures, cartoons, or posters (the situation will be evaluated for appropriateness such as art displayed in museums versus centerfold in office setting),
  • threats or insinuations that lack of sexual favors will result in reprisals, withholding support for appointments, promotions or transfers, change of assignments, or poor performance reviews.

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