Student Handbook: Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Harassment 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of West Alabama Statement Rating: Yellow

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Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance, creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive University environment or limiting participation in University activities.

Individuals who believe they are victims of gender-based misconduct (sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or sexual violence) may have the option of proceeding informally or formally. An individual may find informal resolution particularly appropriate if the conduct is isolated and of the following nature: sexual innuendo; display or distribution of drawings, pictures or other materials with a sexual content; sexual or “dirty” jokes; or comments with sexual content. Please note that the formal report process is available for gender-based misconduct of any nature and that these examples are not intended to discourage use of the formal report process.

The following is a non-exclusive list of other offenses that fall under Title IX and this policy when gender-based: … Threatening or causing physical harm, extreme verbal abuse, or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person; … Bullying, defined as repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control or diminish another person, physically or mentally (that is not speech or conduct otherwise protected by the 1st Amendment) ….

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