Sexual Harassment –It is unlawful to harass a person (an employee or student) because of that person’s gender. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature, when it meets the standard set forth below. Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however. Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same gender.
Harassment is illegal when it is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it creates a hostile or offensive living, classroom, social, dining, recreational, and/or work environment, such that a person is effectively denied equal access to institutional resources and opportunities. The harasser can be a student and/or employee affiliated with the University or someone who is not associated with the University.