Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures

Category: Harassment Policies School: American University Statement Rating: Green Last updated: January 18, 2018

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B. Discriminatory Harassment. Discriminatory harassment is defined as unwanted verbal, visual, or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility against an individual protected by this policy (e.g. race, national origin), when the conditions outlined below in C (1) and/or C (2) are present.

C. Sexual Harassment. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or other conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, when the conditions outlined below in C (1) and/or C (2) are present.

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(2) Such conduct creates a hostile environment. A “hostile environment” exists when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives an individual from participating in or benefiting from the University’s education or employment programs and/or activities. Conduct must be deemed severe, persistent, or pervasive from both a subjective and an objective perspective.

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