Institutional Opportunity & Access: Examples of Sexual Harassment

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Kansas Statement Rating: Red Last updated: December 9, 2016

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Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of situations. These are examples of sexual harassment, not intended to be all inclusive:

  • Unwanted jokes, gestures, offensive words on clothing, and unwelcome comments and repartee.
  • Touching and any other bodily contact such as scratching or patting a coworker’s back, grabbing an employee around the waist, or interfering with an employee’s ability to move.
  • Repeated requests for dates that are turned down or unwanted flirting.
  • Transmitting or posting emails or pictures of a sexual or other harassment-related nature.
  • Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, or posters.
  • Sharing sexually inappropriate images or videos, such as pornography, with co-workers.
  • Sending suggestive letters, notes, or e-mails.
  • Displaying inappropriate sexual images or posters in the workplace.
  • Telling lewd jokes, or sharing sexual anecdotes.
  • Making inappropriate sexual gestures.
  • Staring in a sexually suggestive or offensive manner, or whistling.
  • Making sexual comments about appearance, clothing, or body parts.
  • Inappropriate touching, including pinching, patting, rubbing, or purposefully brushing up against another person.
  • Asking sexual questions, such as questions about someone’s sexual history or their sexual orientation.


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