Title IX Definitions

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Arizona Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: April 7, 2017

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Federal Agency definitions applicable to Title IX 

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, such as sexual assault or acts of sexual violence.

Hostile Environment

If harassing conduct is sufficiently serious (sufficiently severe or pervasive) to deny or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s program based on sex then a hostile environment based on sex may exist.

Source: Department of Justice and Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Joint Findings Letter to the University of Montana (May 9, 2013) http://www.justice.gov/opa/documents/um-ltr-findings.pdf

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