Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment

St. Olaf College

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Sexual harassment means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: ... Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the College’s education program or activity; ...

Sexual harassment may include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature. Actions that can constitute sexual harassment include:
• Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions;
• Requests for sexual favors;
• Verbal abuse of a sexual nature, obscene language, off-color jokes, verbal commentary about an individual’s body, sexual innuendo, and gossip about sexual relations;
• The display of derogatory or sexually suggestive posters, cartoons, drawings, objects, notes, letters, emails, or text messages;
• Visual conduct such as leering or making obscene gestures;
• Recording video or photographs of a sexual nature without consent;
• Cyber harassment, including but not limited to disseminating information, photos, or video of a sexual nature without consent;
• Engaging in conduct of a sexual nature which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic or work environment (e.g., sexual assault, sexual exploitation, offensive physical contact, obscene messages and gestures); and
• Punishing or threatening to take adverse action against a subordinate or student for refusing to comply with sexual demands.