Recognizing Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence

Pennsylvania Western University, Edinboro

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Gender-based harassment, including that predicated on sex-stereotyping, is a form of prohibited sex discrimination if it is sufficiently serious to deny or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s programs and activities.


Sexual harassment is a form of prohibited sex discrimination and a type of sexual misconduct. There are two types of sexual harassment: Quid pro quo and Hostile Environment. Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, whether or not accompanied by promises or threats and other sexual conduct that occur on or off campus when: ... Such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive so as to create an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment, which unreasonably interferes with work or educational performance or negatively affects an individual’s employment or education opportunities (Hostile environment).... Hostile environment is evaluated from the perspective of a reasonable person in the alleged victim’s position, considering all circumstances.