Institutional Opportunity & Access Procedure: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

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

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“Sexual Harassment” means behavior, including physical contact, advances, and comments in person, through an intermediary, and/or via phone, text message, email, social media, or other electronic medium, that is unwelcome; based on sex or gender stereotypes; and is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a person’s academic performance, employment or equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from University programs or activities or by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment. Sexual Harassment may include but is not limited to:

(1) unwelcome efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship;

(2) unwelcome commentary about an individual’s body or sexual activities;

(3) threatening to engage in the commission of an unwelcome sexual act with another person;

(4) stalking or cyberstalking;

(5) engaging in indecent exposure; voyeurism, or other invasion of personal privacy;

(6) unwelcome physical touching or closeness;

(7) unwelcome jokes or teasing of a sexual nature or based upon gender or sex stereotypes; and

(8) sexual violence, as defined below.

Title IX and University Policy prohibit gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

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