Student Handbook: Standards & Policies- Sexual Misconduct

Category: Harassment Policies School: James Madison University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: August 22, 2017

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Sexual Harassment – unwelcome or offensive sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sex-based harassment directed toward stereotypical notions of what is female/feminine or male/masculine or a failure to conform to those gender stereotypes, or other conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile environment or is a term or condition of employment, education, or membership including:

  • Verbal Conduct – including but not limited to specific demands for sexual favors, sexual innuendoes, sexually suggestive comments, jokes of a sexual nature, sexual propositions, or sexual threat
  • Non-verbal Conduct – including but not limited to sexually suggestive emails, other writings, articles or documents, objects or pictures, graphic commentaries, suggestive or insulting sounds or gestures, leering, whistling, or obscene gestures
  • Physical Conduct – including but not limited to touching, pinching, brushing the body, or any unwelcome or coerced sexual activity, including sexual assault

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Hostile Environment: A hostile environment may be created by oral, written, graphic or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive and objectively offensive that it interferes with limits or denies the ability of a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the Institute’s educational programs, services, opportunities, or activities or the individual’s employment access, benefits or opportunities.  Mere subjective offensiveness is not enough to create a hostile environment.

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