(INTERIM) TITLE IX POLICY ON PROHIBITED SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE AND OTHER FORMS OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE

Category: Harassment Policies School: Howard University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: January 10, 2018

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Sexual harassment: unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

(1) submission to, or rejection of, such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a person’s instruction, academic standing, employment or participation in any University program, activity, or benefit; or

2) submission to, or rejection of, such conduct is used as a basis for evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions; or

(3) such conduct creates a hostile environment. A hostile environment exists when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive, both subjectively and objectively, that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives an individual from participating in or benefiting from the University’s educational, employment, residential, and/or campus experience.

Examples of Sexual Harassment — The following examples are illustrative of conduct that, if proven, may be considered by the University to establish sexual harassment:

a. unsolicited, unwelcomed flirtations, advances, and/or propositions of a sexual nature;

b. insults, jokes, or anecdotes that belittle or demean an individual or a group’s sexuality, gender, gender identity, gender expression, non-conformance with gender stereotypes, or sexual orientation;

c. unwelcomed sexually-oriented gestures, verbal expressions, or comments of a sexual nature about an individual’s body, clothing, or sexual experience;

d. inappropriate displays of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; …

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