Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy and Procedures

Category: Harassment Policies School: George Washington University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: January 8, 2018

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The university has adopted the following definition of sexual harassment based on guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Education:

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when … (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or limiting participation in university programs or activities; or (4) the intent or effect of such conduct is to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic or work environment.

Depending on the particular circumstances, sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to, the following: … Unwelcome sexual advances, repeated propositions or requests for a sexual relationship to an individual who has previously indicated that such conduct is not wanted, unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature, or sexual gestures, noises, remarks, jokes, questions, or comments about a person’s sexuality that are so severe, persistent or pervasive that they would reasonably be perceived as creating a hostile or abusive work or educational environment. A single incident involving severe misconduct may rise to the level of harassment.


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