Sexual Violence Policy

Category: Harassment Policies School: Bridgewater State University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: May 23, 2017

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Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is prohibited when:

  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education; and/or
  • submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual; and/or
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating a sexually intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, educational, or living environment.

Examples of sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to:

  • repeatedly pressuring another person for sexual activity;
  • making sexist remarks about an individual’s clothing, body or sexual activities;
  • unnecessary touching, patting or pinching another person;
  • demanding sex from a subordinate while making threats concerning the subordinate’s job;
  • demanding sex from a student while making implied threats concerning the student’s grade;
  • electronically transmitting derogatory, demeaning or pornographic materials;
  • posting explicit sexual pictures on an exterior office door or on a computer monitor; and
  • sexually assaulting another person.

Examples of gender-based harassment include, but are not limited to:

  • using derogatory comments and terms toward a male or female who do not act in ways that align with their gender stereotype, such as a male being called names for being interested in the arts or a female being called names for being interested in construction;
  • telling someone to use a restroom that does not align with that person’s gender identity; and
  • making generalized derogatory comments about one gender, such as “all females” are ______ or “all males” are _______.

The State Universities are committed to protecting, maintaining and encouraging both freedom of expression and full academic freedom of inquiry, teaching, service and research. Nothing in this Policy shall be construed to penalize a member of the University community for expressing an opinion, theory, or idea in the process of responsible teaching and learning. Any form of speech or conduct, no matter how offensive, unpleasant or even hateful, which is protected by the principles of academic freedom or the U.S. Constitution, is not subject to this policy.

 

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