Sex- and Gender-Based Misconduct: Sexual or Gender-based Harassment

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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.

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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