FSU Policy 2-2: Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct

Category: Harassment Policies School: Florida State University Statement Rating: Green Last updated: May 11, 2018

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Conduct violates this Policy when it: … is severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive enough to create a hostile environment.

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Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, non-verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … The conduct is sufficiently severe, frequent, or wide-spread that, both subjectively (to the Reporting Party) and objectively (to a reasonable person), it: (i) creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment; or (ii) denies, interferes with, or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from educational opportunities, university programs, or activities.

Sexual harassment may be found in a single severe incident, as well as a pattern of behavior. Examples of behavior that could be sexually harassing 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. iii. Physical Conduct: unwelcome sexual touching of another’s body, such as kissing, pinching, groping, fondling, or blocking normal movement.

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