Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature whether intentional or not, when:
- The unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is so severe, persistent, pervasive and objectively offensive as to substantially limit or interfere with an individual’s work or academic performance, participation in extracurricular activities or equal access to the University’s resources and opportunities; OR
- Such contact creates an intimidating, hostile, or abusive living, working or educational environment.
Sexual harassment is further defined as conduct that focuses on a person’s sexuality or gender, rather than on their contributions as a student, employee or member of the University community. Sexual harassment encompasses a full range of coercive, unwelcome behavior from subtle psychological force to physical acts.