Hostile Environment: A hostile environment may be created by oral, written, graphic, or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent/pervasive, and objectively offensive that it interferes with, limits, or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities or employment access, benefits, or opportunities.
Sexual Harassment: Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- Submission to such conduct is either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s education or employment;
- Submission to or rejection of any such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for education or employment decisions; or
- Such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of or have the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or education environment.
Sexual Harassment does not include verbal expression or written or electronic material relevant and appropriately related to course subject matter or curriculum. This policy shall not abridge academic freedom nor the University’s educational mission.