Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students

Category: Harassment Policies School: Columbia University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: December 15, 2016

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Sexual harassment. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual contact, and other verbal, physical, or visual conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when: …

  • When the behavior is for the purpose of gratifying the actor’s sexual desire
  • Such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with another person’s academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, demeaning, or offensive campus or living environment.

Gender-based harassment. Acts of aggression, intimidation, stalking, or hostility based on gender or gender stereotyping constitute gender-based harassment. Gender-based harassment can occur if students are harassed either for exhibiting what is perceived as a stereotypical characteristic of their sex or for failing to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. To constitute harassment, the conduct must unreasonably interfere with another person’s education or participation in educational programs or activities or create an intimidating, hostile, demeaning, or offensive academic or living environment.

For purposes of illustration, the following list sets forth examples of conduct that could constitute gender-based misconduct under those definitions: … Belittling remarks about a person’s gender or sexual orientation based on gender-stereotyping.

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