Sexual Misconduct Policy (Interim): Definitions- Sexual Harassment

Carnegie Mellon University

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Sexual Harassment means any unwelcome conduct or cues of a sexual nature, whether verbal/aural (sounds), visual/graphic (e.g. pictures and videos), physical, or otherwise, when: ... Such conduct creates a hostile environment. A hostile environment exists when the unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with an individual’s participation in a university program or activity or creates an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or abusive environment for that individual’s participation in a University Program or Activity (commonly known as Hostile Environment).

Examples of conduct that may constitute Sexual Harassment include but are not limited to: ...

  • Unwanted sexual advances, including repeated unwanted requests for dates, or repeated unwanted requests for sexual contact;
  • Unwanted written, verbal, or electronic statements of a sexual nature, including sexually suggestive comments, jokes, videos or innuendos;