University of Maine System Student Conduct Code

Relevant excerpt

Sexual Harassment: Includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual assault and sexual violence. Sexual harassment, including Sexual Assault, can involve persons of the same or opposite sex. Consistent with the law, this policy prohibits two types of sexual harassment:

Hostile Environment: Sexual harassment that creates a hostile environment is based on sex and exists when the harassment: i. Is severe, pervasive, or persistent, and objectively offensive such that it denies or limits a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s programs, services, opportunities, or activities; or ii. Unreasonably interferes with an individual’s academic or work performance.

Determining whether conduct creates a hostile environment depends not only on whether the conduct was unwelcome to the person who feels harassed, but also whether a Reasonable Person in a similar situation would have perceived the conduct as objectively offensive.

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