Handbook of Operating Procedures: Nondiscrimination and Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct 13-14

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

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Harassment, as a form of discrimination, is defined as verbal or physical conduct that is directed at an individual or group because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, gender identity/expression or sexual orientation when such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent so as to have the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s or group’s academic or work performance; or of creating a hostile academic or work environment. Constitutionally protected expression cannot be considered harassment under this policy.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and includes: … Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment, student status or participation in UTSA activities; or submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for evaluation in making personnel or academic decisions affecting that individual; or such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it substantially interferes with an individual’s education, employment, or participation in UTSA activities, or creates an objectively hostile environment; or such conduct is intentionally directed towards a specific individual and has the effect of unreasonably interfering with that individual’s education, employment, or participation in UTSA activities.

Examples of behavior that could be considered sexual harassment include but are not limited to:  … Comments of a sexual nature including sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes or anecdotes; remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body; remarks about sexual activity; speculation about sexual experience; Exposure to sexually oriented graffiti, pictures, posters, or materials….

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