Discrimination and Harassment Policy

Southeastern Louisiana University

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Harassment: Unwelcome and objectively offensive physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct regarding the protected characteristics/status of others, which is so severe or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment and/or interferes with an individual/group of individuals’ work or educational activities. This conduct need not have intent to harm; if severe enough, it does not have to consist of repeated incidents; and it need not be directed against a specific individual/group of individuals.

Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature when...(iii) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual/group of individuals’ employment or education, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment or educational environment, and has no legitimate relationship to employment, the subject matter of a course, educational programs (including, but not limited to, athletics) or
academic research. Sexual harassment also includes non-sexual harassment or discrimination of an individual/group of individuals because of the individual/group of individuals’ sex and/or gender, including harassment based on the person’s nonconformity with gender stereotypes. 


Examples include but are not limited to:
Verbal threats, offensive jokes, epithets, derogatory comments, ridicule, mockery or
Gratuitous visual displays such as posters, photographs, cartoons, drawings, or gestures;
Unwanted physical contact such as touching, intimidation or blocking normal

Sexual Harassment
Examples include but are not limited to:
Making unwanted sexual advances, including touching, kissing, hugging, or massaging;
Making sexual gestures or visual displays such as leering;
Offering employment or academic benefits in exchange for sexual favors;
Gratuitous displays of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons, or drawings;
Sending suggestive or obscene letters, notes, or invitations;
Engaging in graphic sexual commentary about an individual’s body