Office of Equal Opportunity & Office of Title IX Procedures: Sexual Harassment

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Denver Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: September 27, 2017

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Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination prohibited by these Procedures.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature will constitute “sexual harassment” when:

3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance, i.e. it is sufficiently serious, pervasive, or persistent as to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for working or learning under both an objective (a reasonable person’s view) and subjective (the Complainant’s view) standard.

Sexual harassment also includes harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex/gender or sex/gender- stereotyping, even if the acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

A single, isolated incident of sexual harassment may create a hostile environment if the incident is sufficiently severe. The more severe the conduct, the less need there is to show a repetitive series of incidents to create a hostile environment, particularly if the harassment is physical. The determination of whether an environment is “hostile” must be based on all the circumstances.

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