Sexual Misconduct Support Measures & Resources: Definitions

University of Northern Colorado

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Unwelcome and/or nonconsensual Discrimination that is severe OR pervasive and creates an intimidating, hostile or abusive work or educational environment.


Hostile Environment

Unwelcome sexual conduct that is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it alters the conditions of education or employment and creates an environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive. The determination of whether an environment is “hostile” must be based on all of the circumstances. These circumstances could include the frequency of the conduct, its severity, and whether it is threatening or humiliating.