Policy Statements and Compliance Procedures on Equal Education and Employment Opportunity and Social Equity

Category: Harassment Policies School: California University of Pennsylvania Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: February 1, 2016

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California University’s definition of sexual harassment is consistent with the guidelines of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s current definition of sexual harassment. That definition includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Examples include: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or education experience or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

Sexual harassment may take many forms, including deliberate or careless use of offensive or demeaning terms connected with a person’s gender or sexual orientation; sexually suggestive comments, compliments, jokes, innuendos, or questions; offensive displays ….

Harassment is defined as any type of behavior based on gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion or veteran status that is so severe or pervasive that it interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment. Harassment when directed at an individual because of his/her gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion or veteran status may include, but is not limited to: unwanted physical contact; use of epithets, inappropriate jokes, comments or innuendos; obscene or harassing telephone calls, e-mails, letters, notes or other forms of communication; and any conduct that may create a hostile working environment.

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