Gender-Based Harassment and Violence Policy

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Sexual Harassment is a form of unlawful sex discrimination and means any unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome verbal, physical, or electronic conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance, (i.e., it is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to create an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, demeaning or sexually offensive working or learning environment).


The following are examples of behavior of a sexual nature that if unwelcome, may constitute sexual harassment:

Physical Conduct: touching, hugging, kissing, fondling, or touching oneself sexually for others to view.

Verbal Conduct: sexual or “dirty jokes,” comments on physical attributes or an individual’s body, spreading sexual rumors, bragging about one’s sexual activity in front of others, using sexually degrading words or sounds to a person or to describe a person, sexually explicit statements or stories that are not legitimately related to employment duties, course content, research, or other University program or activity.

Visual Conduct: leering, displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures, and/or written material.

Written Conduct: letters, emails, instant messaging, text messaging, blogs, web pages, and social media containing comments, words, or images of conduct described above.

A person’s subjective belief alone that the behavior is offensive does not necessarily make that behavior sexual harassment. The behavior must be objectively reasonable meaning that a reasonable person in similar circumstances and with similar identities would find the behavior hostile, intimidating, or abusive.


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