Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which encompasses a wide range of conduct including sexual violence. Such conduct becomes a form of illegal sex discrimination when the unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is so severe or pervasive that it affects an individual’s employment or student’s academic status; unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or student’s academic experience; or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment. However, complaints can and should be filed before harassment reaches an intolerable level. The university can and will address inappropriate behaviors even if those behaviors are not yet severe or pervasive.
Sexual harassment may consist of a variety of behaviors including, but not limited to, subtle pressures for sexual activity, inappropriate touching or gestures, offensive or inappropriate language or jokes (including electronic content), demands for sexual favors, cyber-bullying, stalking, or sexual violence.