Policy Library: Procedures, Applications, and Guidance: Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Harassment Involving Students Policy

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i. General definition: Sexual and/or gender-based harassment can include unwelcome behavior (verbal, written, physical) that is directed at someone because of that person’s sex, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity, and that meets any of the following criteria: …

  • The unwelcome conduct creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive environment, which exists when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives a person from participating in or benefiting from the university’s educational, employment, and/or programs and activities when viewed through both a subjective and objective standard.

ii. Examples of sexual and/or gender-based harassment: Sexual and/or genderbased harassment may include, but is not limited to, the following behaviors:

Verbal conduct, whether oral, written, or symbolic expression, that depending of the totality of the circumstances present including severity, persistence, and/or pervasiveness, may constitute harassment includes, but is not limited to explicit or implicit propositions to engage in sexual activity; gratuitous comments, jokes, questions, anecdotes, or remarks of a sexual nature about clothing, appearance or bodies; gratuitous remarks about sexual activities or speculation about sexual experiences; gratuitous remarks about how persons should dress, act or behave based on sex and/or gender stereotypes; unwanted sexual or romantic attention; subtle or overt pressure for sexual favors; exposure to sexually suggestive visual displays such as photographs, drawing, posters, calendars, or other materials; and/or deliberate, repeated humiliation or intimidation based upon sex and/or gender.

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