For the purposes of this policy, discriminatory conduct is defined as conduct by any means directed at another person that is so severe, pervasive, or persistent, and objectively offensive that it substantially interferes with another’s ability to work, study, participate in, or benefit from the university’s programs or activities, such that the person is effectively denied equal access to the university’s resources and opportunities on the basis of the individual’s protected status.
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination and violates this policy.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and may include 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:
Sexual harassment may create a hostile environment when it is so severe, pervasive, or persistent, and objectively offense that:
(1) It substantially interferes with another’s ability to work, study, participate in, or benefit from the university’s programs or activities; or,
(2) 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.