Sexual Harassment Policy

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The university of Akron reaffirms its commitment to an academic, work, and study environment free of inappropriate and disrespectful conduct and communication in any form.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which violates state and federal laws respecting both employees and students. The definitions used in this policy shall be interpreted consistent with such laws.

(1) It consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct, or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when: … (c) Such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment, education, educational benefits or opportunities, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or education environment. Any sexual harassment as defined herein is limited to conduct or communication by someone in authority, but also includes any sexual harassment as defined herein when perpetrated on any student or employee by any other student or employee.

(2) Sexual harassment is sexual conduct that is “unwelcome.” It may include, but is not limited to:
(a) Uninvited verbal harassment or abuse such as sexual name calling, jokes, spreading sexual rumors, leers, or overly personal conversations of a sexual nature;
(b) Subtle pressure for sexual activity;
(c) Inappropriate patting, pinching or fondling, pulling at clothes, or intentional brushing against a student’s or an employee’s body;
(d) Demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning an individual’s employment or educational status;
(e) Demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt promises of preferential treatment with regard to an individual’s employment or educational status;
(f) Any sexually motivated unwelcome touching, cornering, or blocking an individual’s movement;
(g) Conditioning a student’s grade or academic progress on submission to sexual activity;
(h) Hanging or displaying inappropriate and sexually explicit pictures, posters, or drawings in the workplace;
(i) A pattern of conduct intended to discomfort or humiliate, or both, a reasonable person at whom the conduct was directed that includes one or more of the following: unnecessary touching or hugging, remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body, or remarks about sexual activity or speculations about previous sexual experience.

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