Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that includes verbal, written, or physical behavior of a sexual nature, directed at someone, or against a particular group, because of that person’s or group’s sex, or based on gender stereotypes, when that behavior is unwelcome and meets either of the following criteria:
(2) The behavior has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student’s work or educational performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment for employment, education, on-campus living, or participation in a University activity. Examples of this type of sexual harassment can include: (a) persistent unwelcomed efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship; (b) unwelcome commentary about an individual’s body or sexual activities; (c) unwanted sexual attention; (d) repeated and unwelcome sexually-oriented teasing, joking, or flirting; (e) verbal abuse of a sexual nature.
Comments or communications could be verbal, written, or electronic. Behavior does not need to be directed at or to a specific student, but rather may be generalized unwelcomed and unnecessary comments based on sex or gender stereotypes.