Student Conduct Code: Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct

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A. Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct

2. Sex/Gender-based Harassment. Conduct toward a person based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it creates a hostile work or educational environment for the person; and

a. Unreasonably denies, interferes with, or limits an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from University programs, opportunities, or activities; or

3. Sexual Harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

b. The conduct is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it creates a hostile work or educational environment for the person; and

i. Unreasonably denies, interferes with, or limits an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from University programs, opportunities, or activities; or ii. Alters the terms, conditions, or privileges of the person’s University employment.

c. Sexual Harassment may also be found in a single severe incident, as well as a pattern of behavior. Examples of behavior that could constitute sexual harassment when it meets the standard set forth above include, but are not limited to:

i. Verbal Conduct: sexual teasing, sexual jokes, sexual innuendoes, sexual remarks about a person’s body or sexual attractiveness, unwelcome demands for sexual favors, continuing unwelcome sexual advances or flirting, and sexual whistling (cat- calling).

ii. Non-Verbal Conduct: staring at someone’s sexual body parts (breasts, buttocks, groin), sexual gestures, and inappropriate display of sexual graffiti, posters, pictures, cartoons, drawings, emails, texts, body parts, or objects.

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