Student Handbook: Student Sexual Misconduct and Gender Based Violence Policy

Category: Harassment Policies School: Bowdoin College Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: September 11, 2018

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“Sexual Harassment” means unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Where sexual harassment is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it substantially interferes with a student’s College employment, academic performance, participation in College programs or activities, or living, learning, or working environment, the sexual harassment creates a hostile environment in violation of Title IX and this Policy. Sexual Harassment may include, for example, unwelcome physical contact; sexually explicit comments in person or via phone, letter, note, gift, text message, e-mail, or other electronic medium; sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; unwelcome invitations to engage in sexual activity; unwelcome commentary about an individual’s body or sexual activities; threatening to engage in an unwelcome sexual act with another person; engaging in indecent exposure; and stalking or cyber stalking. A single instance of unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature may constitute Sexual Harassment if it is sufficiently serious. Gender-based harassment may include acts of aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature. Where gender-based harassment is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it substantially interferes with a student’s College employment, academic performance, participation in College programs or activities, or living, learning, or working environment, the gender-based harassment creates a hostile environment in violation of Title IX and this Policy.

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