Unlawful workplace harassment is conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance. For the purposes of this policy, it is conduct based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other basis protected by law. It can also be conduct involving epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, or threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts, or written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion and that is on the premise or circulated in the workplace.
Examples of inappropriate conduct which may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: … Sexual innuendo, suggestive sexual comments, notes or letters. Sexual comments or inappropriate references to gender. Sexually oriented kidding or other harassing acts or behavior directed against a person on the basis of an individual’s sex or sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Teasing or joking, sexually degrading or vulgar words. The display of sexually oriented obscene printed or visual material (including through e-mail or Internet use or other electronic means). Use of offensive gestures or body motions ….