Policies & Regulations Affecting Students: Sexual Misconduct, Dating/Domestic Violence, or Stalking Involving Students

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Iowa Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: September 6, 2017

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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:

  1. persistent unwelcomed efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship;
  2. unwelcome commentary about an individual’s body or sexual activities;
  3. repeated unwanted sexual attention;
  4. repeated and unwelcome sexually-oriented teasing, joking, or flirting;
  5. 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.

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