Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook: Code of Conduct- Sexual Harassment

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Miami Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: December 10, 2018

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Sexual Harassment means any unwelcome sexual advance, unwelcome request for sexual favors, or unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, generally characterized by non-consensual, unwelcome sexual behavior whether between people of the same gender or different genders or sexual orientation when:

3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance, i.e., it is sufficiently severe or pervasive to create an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, demeaning or sexually offensive working, academic, residential or social environment, (a) of a specific individual or those around them; (b) even if someone else is the target of the behavior; or (c) even if the individual is initially unaware of the behavior.

4. Sexual Harassment, including sexual violence, can include any or all of the following behaviors, as well as others which are not listed:
a. Harassment through public or private insult, sexually suggestive comments concerning a person’s body or behavior, and sexual demands;
b. Subtle or overt pressure to comply with demands of sexual activity;
c. Remarks about another person’s clothing, body, sexual activities, sexual preferences, gender identity or sexual orientation, as well as teasing, jokes, remarks, or gestures which are sexual in nature;
d. Unnecessary touching, pinching, patting, or exposure of another person’s body;
e. Unwarranted staring at another person’s body;
f. Unwanted communications of a sexual nature in any form, over any medium, and in any media;
g. Requests or demands for sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats or promised rewards, e.g., grades, class or clinical assignments, recommendations, student employment (for students) or assignments, promotions, discipline, references (for employees);
h. Repetition of unwanted invitations for dates; or
i. Physical assault of a sexual nature, up to an including attempted or actual rape.

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