Hostile Environment – Conduct that is so severe, pervasive, or persistent that it creates an environment that would cause a reasonable person substantial emotional distress and undermine their ability to work, study, learn, or otherwise participate in University programs or services, and actually does cause the harassed person(s) these difficulties.
Sexual Harassment – Unwanted conduct on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, whether actual or perceived. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Attempting to coerce an unwilling person into a sexual relationship;
- Dating or Domestic Violence, as defined in this policy;
- Subjecting a person to unwelcome sexual attention, unwanted comments, or communications or jokes of a sexual nature or about their sexual experiences or orientation;
- Punishing a refusal to comply with a sexual request;
- Conditioning a benefit on submitting to sexual advances;
- Stalking, as defined in this policy, on the basis of sex or gender;
- Threatening or committing sexual violence; or
- Bullying someone on the basis of sex or gender. This includes bullying someone for exhibiting what is perceived as a stereotypical characteristic for their sex, or for failing to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity and femininity. This may include repeated use of degrading words, gestures, or sounds to describe a person.
Sexual Harassment may be committed by any person upon any other person regardless of the sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression of those involved. To be a violation of this policy, Sexual Harassment must create a Hostile Environment or be Quid Pro Quo.