Revised Handbook of Operating Procedures: Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Texas at Austin Statement Rating: Yellow

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Sex Discrimination, including sexual harassment, is defined as conduct directed at a specific individual or a group of identifiable individuals that subjects the individual or group to treatment that adversely affects their employment or education on account of sex.

Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination that can occur when: … unwelcome physical acts of a sexual nature, or unwelcome requests for sexual favors or other verbal conduct of a sexual nature, have the effect of creating an objectively hostile environment that interferes with employment or education on account of sex.

Verbal conduct that, depending on the totality of circumstances present, may constitute sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Explicit or implicit propositions to engage in sexual activity;
  • Gratuitous comments, jokes, questions, anecdotes or remarks of a sexual nature about clothing or bodies;
  • Gratuitous remarks about sexual activities or speculation about sexual experiences;
  • Persistent, unwanted sexual or romantic attention;
  • Subtle or overt pressure for sexual favors;
  • Exposure to sexually suggestive visual displays such as photographs, graffiti, posters, calendars or other materials;
  • Deliberate, repeated humiliation or intimidation based upon sex.

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