Affirmative Action: Frequently Asked Questions

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Sexual harassment, including same-sex sexual harassment, is any unwanted attention of a sexual nature from someone in the workplace or classroom that causes discomfort or interferes with work or academic performance.

Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonable interfering with an individual’s employment or academic performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or abusive environment for that individual’s employment education, living environment, or participation in any college activity.

Some examples that may constitute sexual harassment are:
Repeated request or pressures for dates Unwanted offensive contacts outside the workplace Disparaging sexual remarks about one’s gender or sexual orientation, that unreasonably interfere with the individual’s learning or working. Physical aggression such as pinching or patting Verbal sexual abuse disguised as fun Offensive sexual jokes

These examples do not include all types of conduct that can constitute sexual harassment. Each situation must be considered in light of specific facts and circumstances to determine if sexual harassment has occurred.

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