Student Handbook: Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students

Cameron University

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Gender-based misconduct comprises a broad range of behaviors focused on sex and/or gender that may or may not be sexual in nature.


For purposes of illustration, the following list sets forth examples of conduct that could constitute gender-based misconduct under those definitions, but is not meant ot [sic] be all-inclusive:... Belittling remarks about a person’s gender or sexual orientation based on gender-stereotyping ... Obscene gestures of a sexual or gender-based nature, Derogatory posters, graffiti, cartoons, calendars, drawings, pictures, or text, whether disseminated through hard copy or electronically through e-mail, the Internet, or other digital mediums to facilitate any of the behaviors listed above.


Gender-based Harassment.  Acts of aggression, intimidation, stalking, or hostility based on gender or gender stereotyping constitutes gender-based harassment. Gender-based harassment can occur if students are harassed either for exhibiting what is perceived as a stereotypical characteristic of their sex, or for failing to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. To constitute harassment, the conduct must unreasonably interfere with an individual’s education or educational activities or create an intimidating, hostile, demeaning, or offensive academic or living environment.