f. “Sexual harassment” definition. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that includes verbal, written, or physical behavior of a sexual nature, directed at an individual, or against a particular group, because of that person’s or group’s gender, or based on gender stereotypes or manifestation, when that behavior is unwelcome and meets either of the following criteria:
(2) The behavior has the effect of limiting or denying another person’s work or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment for employment, education, on-campus living, or participation in a University program or activity. Examples of this type of sexual harassment can include:
- persistent unwelcomed efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship;
- unwelcome commentary about an individual’s body or sexual activities;
- repeated unwanted sexual attention;
- repeated and unwelcome sexually-oriented teasing, joking, or flirting;
- 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.