Sexual harassment includes unsolicited and unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or
physical conduct of a sexual nature, when such conduct:
c) Unreasonably interferes with an employee or student’s work performance or creates an intimidating,
hostile, or otherwise offensive environment.
Sexual harassment does not refer to behavior or occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature. It refers to
behavior that is unwelcome, that is personally offensive, and therefore interferes with work or learning effectiveness.
A. Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or
physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
3. that conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s
employment, academic endeavors or professional performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive
employment or educational environment; and, in the case of employment, the employer knows or should have
known of the existence of the harassment and fails to take timely and appropriate action.
Sexual harassment is interaction of a sexual nature between people that results in sex discrimination. It occurs where work or study relationships are inappropriately and gratuitously sexualized and encompasses such conduct as:
3. Repeated demeaning verbal or expressive behavior which is harmful to another’s work or learning environment.
Sexual Harassment includes such things as:
* Sexually offensive language
* Inappropriate remarks about someone’s body or sexual activities
* Indirect or direct pressure for sexual activity, with or without implied or directly stated threats
* Inappropriate touching, patting, pinching, leering or ogling someone’s body.
Sexual harassment can occur between men and women, but it can also occur between members of the same sex. Trying to make fun of “putting-down” someone using words that refer to a person possible sexual orientation (for example, calling someone “queer” or “fag” ) is sexual harassment.
Non-sexual harassment is any type of repeated abusive or demeaning conduct that is based on a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, physical or other disability, age, political belief, or affiliation, or socioeconomic status. Non-sexual harassment may be illegal and should be reported.
Harassment can take many forms; it can be verbal comments, physical contact, hate mail or phone calls, graffiti, or placing items on an individual’s door.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment includes any unwelcome sexual attention. It
is usually repeated behavior, but could be one serious incident.
Sexual harassment may be blatant, as in
• deliberate touching, pinching, caressing
• attempts to fondle or kiss
• pressure for dates or sex
• requests for sex in exchange for grades or promotions
Or sexual harassment may be more subtle – like staring; sexual
jokes; or teasing, sexually demeaning remarks. Although such
forms of harassment may be unintentional, words, and
behaviors, may be harassing if they are heard and seen as such
Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or
physical contact of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment
1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or
implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or
2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual
is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions
affecting that individual; or
3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an
individual’s academic or work performance or creating an
intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, educational, or
The University will regard freedom from discrimination and discriminatory harassment
as an individual employee and student right which will be safeguarded as a matter of
policy. Any employee or student will be subject to disciplinary action for violation of this
policy. Retaliation against anyone who makes a complaint of discrimination or
harassment or who is involved in a complaint process will not be tolerated.
The University, as an equal opportunity educational institution, is committed
to both academic freedom and the fair treatment of all individuals. It
therefore discourages the use of sexist language. Language that reinforces
sexism can arise from imprecise word choices that may be interpreted as
biased, discriminatory, or demeaning, even if they are not intended to be.
Accordingly, all University communications, whether delivered orally or in
writing, shall be free of sexist language. Each member of the University
community is urged to be sensitive to the impact of language and to make a commitment to eliminate sexist language.
12. Sexual Misconduct — indecent and/or offensive actions that are of a sexual nature including,
but not limited to, voyeurism, exposure, or sexually explicit communication (e.g., via electronic
or voice messages, photos, graphics, etc.)
20.3 Expression – […] All publications and broadcasts are subject to the canons of responsible journalism and community standards, including the avoidance of libel, avoidance of indecency or obscenity, undocumented allegations, and techniques of harassment and innuendo. Freedom of expression may be subject to reasonable time, place and manner regulations that are content-neutral, serve a significant university interest and leave open ample alternative channels for communication of the information.
20.4 Association and Assembly – […] Only approved organizations may enjoy the rights and privileges accorded by the university including the right to invite speakers to campus to address the group or student body. The university administration may cancel a speaker’s reservation when there is a clear and present danger that the appearance would threaten the orderly operation of the university.
30.2 […] Actions and activities which are explicitly prohibited include, but are not limited to the following:
30.6 4. Morally degrading or humiliating games or activities that make an individual the object of amusement, ridicule, or intimidation, or any action or situation which subjugates an individual to a condition where he/she might tend to lose self- respect or suffer injury.
30.12 10. The use of obscenities and vulgarities in dress or requiring associates to wear any degrading or uncomfortable garments.
30.15 13. Subjecting an individual to cruel and unusual psychological conditions, any form of verbal harassment.
30.16 14. Any requirement which compels an individual to participate in any activity which is illegal, perverse, publicly indecent, contrary to the individual’s genuine morals and/or beliefs, e.g. public profanity, indecent or lewd conduct, or sexual gestures in public.
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when:
3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment. In evaluating conduct of the sort described above, the interference and/or the environment will be viewed through the eyes of a reasonable person in the position of the victim of the alleged harassment.
For purposes of Troy University’s policy, sexual harassment is defined as any type of sexually
oriented misconduct that is unwelcome or inappropriate.