Sexual Misconduct Policy

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[T]he University has defined Sexual Misconduct broadly to include any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, and the University will properly address all allegations of Sexual Misconduct.

Sexual Harassment. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, graphic or physical conduct of a sexual nature when either (i) or (ii) below applies: … (ii) The behavior is severe, persistent or pervasive and objectively offensive, such that it unreasonably limits or interferes with the individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s education, on-campus living, or employment programs or activities by creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or demeaning environment.

Examples of this type of sexual harassment include: … (3) unwelcome commentary about an individual’s body or sexual activities; … (5) unwelcome sexually-oriented teasing, joking, flirting, or lewd comments, innuendos or gestures; and (6) verbal abuse of a sexual nature.

The University reserves the right to address offensive conduct and/or unwanted conduct of a sexual nature that does not rise to the level of creating a hostile environment. Addressing such behaviors may not result in the imposition of discipline under University policy, but will be addressed through respectful confrontation, remedial actions, education and/or conflict resolution efforts.

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