Office for Institutional Equity: Sexual Harassment Policy- Definition and Guidelines 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Virginia Commonwealth University Statement Rating: Yellow

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Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome acts of a sexual nature including sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and/or other verbal or physical conduct, including written communications, of an intimidating, hostile or offensive nature, or action taken in retaliation for the reporting of such behavior, when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment or substantially interferes with an employee’s work performance or a student’s academic performance.

Verbal sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to:

  • Sexual innuendo, comments and sexual remarks about clothing, body or sexual activities
  • Humor and jokes about sex that denigrate women or men in general
  • Sexual propositions, invitations or other pressures for sex
  • Implied or overt threats of a sexual nature
  • Making gestures of a sexual nature

Other types of sexual harassment may include displaying sexually suggestive photographs or literature in the workplace or academic environment and making degrading insults about men or women in general.

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