Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination and violates this policy.
Sexual harassment is defined by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual assault.
Sexual harassment, including sexual assault, can involve persons of the same or opposite sex.
Consistent with state and federal law, this policy prohibits two types of sexual harassment:
2. Hostile Environment
Sexual harassment may create a hostile environment when it is so severe or pervasive, and objectively offense that:
a. It substantially interferes with another’s ability to work, study, participate in, or benefit from the university’s programs or activities; or,
b. The conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with another individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. This alternative only applies in the context of employment.