Title IX (Student) Policy on Prohibited Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Discrimination

Category: Harassment Policies School: Howard University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: March 7, 2017

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

(1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a basis for any decision affecting the terms or conditions of participation in any such program or activity or status in an academic course; or

2) such conduct has the purpose or affect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s educational right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity; or

(3) such conduct is so pervasive or severe that it creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for learning and has no reasonable relationship to the subject matter of the relevant course of instruction.

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

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 or gender;

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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