It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of sexual harassment for students, faculty, and staff. Sexual harassment is contrary to the standards of the University community and a barrier to fulfilling the University’s scholarly, research, educational, and service missions. Sexual harassment is defined by law and generally is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe or pervasive as to create an intimidating, hostile, environment. Some examples of conduct of a sexual nature that may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
• Unwanted sexual statements – sexual or “dirty” jokes, comments on physical attributes, spreading rumors about or rating others as to sexual activity or performance, talking about one’s sexual activity in front of others, and displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures and/or written material. Unwanted sexual statements are precluded in all forms including but not limited to verbally, in writing, electronically (email, instant messaging, blogs, web pages, etc.).
2. Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment
A sexually harassing hostile environment occurs when uninvited or unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive working, learning, or living environment that is so severe or pervasive that it negatively affects the employee’s or student’s ability to participate in or benefit from a University program or activity