Gender Based Harassment is prohibited under the Discriminatory Harassment Policy. It includes conduct (verbal, gestures, written, graphic, physical, cyberbullying) directed against any person or a small group of persons because of basis of actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, that has the reasonably foreseeable effect of creating an offensive, demeaning, intimidating, threatening, or hostile environment for that person or a small group of persons.
Sexual Harassment. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
2. Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment. Whether an environment is “hostile” is a fact-specific inquiry based on subjective and objective factors. The complainant must have subjectively experienced unwelcome sexual conduct. Objectively, the conduct must have been, from the perspective of a reasonable person in the alleged complainant’s position, sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits or deprives an individual from participating in or benefiting from the College’s education or employment programs and/or activities. The more severe the conduct, the less need there is to show a repetitive series of incidents to prove harassment, particularly if the harassment is physical.
3. Examples of Sexual Harassment: (1) unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature