Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policies & Procedures: Sexual Harassment

Columbia University

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Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, requests for sexual contact, sexual comments, physical or visual conduct of a sexual nature, and sharing or displaying sexual images constitute sexual harassment. This includes when: ...Such unwelcome conduct is intentional or serves no legitimate purpose ... Such unwelcome conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with another person’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, demeaning, or offensive working, learning, campus, or living environment.

The following describes acts that may be unlawful sexual harassment and are strictly prohibited: ... Unwelcome images, texts, social media posts, or other images or materials that are sexually demeaning or pornographic (this does not include images shown solely for the purposes of academic instruction or research) ...