Hostile Environment – An environment created through conduct that is so severe, pervasive, or persistent that it interferes with or limits a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from Boise State’s programs and services. The more severe the conduct, the less need there is to show a repetitive series of incidents to prove a hostile environment, particularly if the harassment is physical. A single or isolated incident of sex or gender-based harassment or discrimination may create a hostile environment if the incident is sufficiently severe.
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;
- Repeatedly subject 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, and/or gender identity of those involved. To be a violation of this policy, Sexual Harassment must create a Hostile Environment or be Quid Pro Quo.