Housing & Residential Life Residential Handbook
South Dakota State University
Harassment is defined as:
1. Behavior toward another person that has the purpose or the effect of creating an objectively and subjectively intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment;
2. Other conduct that is extreme and outrageous exceeding all bounds usually tolerated by society;
3. Behavior that substantially interferes with another person’s ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of a University activity, employment, or resource. In most cases, harassment involves more than casual or isolated incidents, and must be viewed from a reasonable person’s perspective.
Sexual harassment is a particularly offensive form of discrimination. Sexual harassment may be established by showing that an individual has been subjected to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, and that:
1. Such conduct substantially interferes with another person’s ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of a University activity, employment, or resource; OR
2. Such conduct is so pervasive it becomes, explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of another person’s participation in or use of a University activity, employment, or resource; OR
3. An individual’s submission to or rejection of such conduct becomes the basis for decisions affecting their ability to participate in or use an institutionally sponsored or approved activity, employment or resource.