Gender-Based Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence Policy and Procedures

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Sexual harassment is a form of gender-based discrimination. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person’s academic or work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or working environment (otherwise known as hostile environment harassment).  Sexual harassment has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person’s academic or work performance if, for example, it is sufficiently serious, pervasive or persistent as to create a hostile environment under both an objective (i.e., a reasonable person’s view) and subjective (i.e., the subject of an alleged violation’s view) standard.

Sexual harassment may include but not be limited to: unwelcome texts, phone calls, internet-based communications, or other electronic communications of a sexual nature; crude, obscene, or sexually offensive gestures or unwelcome sexual comments …

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