Gender-Based Misconduct

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3.2.1 Sexual Harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment. An individual may experience sexual harassment even if the offensive conduct was not aimed directly at them.

3.2.2 Gender-Based Harassment is harassment based on an individual’s actual or perceived sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression including harassing or bullying conduct based on the individual’s gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transition, or nonconformity with sex stereotypes.

Behavior of a harassing nature that does not rise to the level of unlawful harassment but is nevertheless determined to be inappropriate may subject the offender to disciplinary action.

The following are examples of conduct that, depending on the nature, frequency and severity, may constitute sexual or gender-based harassment:

  • Sending unwanted sexually-oriented jokes to a student or work group email list.
  • Displaying explicit sexual pictures in common areas of Institute housing or on a work computer station where others can view it.
  • Making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, or jokes of a gender-based or sexual nature.
  • Ostracizing individuals from group activities because of their sex, gender or gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or because they objected to harassing behavior.
  • Making unwelcome graphic comments about an individual’s body, using sexually degrading words to describe an individual.
  • Engaging in unwanted suggestive or obscene communications. …

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