Social Equity & Diversity Policy Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Millersville University of Pennsylvania Statement Rating: Green Last updated: May 6, 2014

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency responsible for enforcing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, defines sexual harassment as: “Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when: … Such conduct has the effect of interfering with the individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

In Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, 526 U.S. 629 (1999), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that in order to constitute sex discrimination in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the harassment must be “so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it can be said to deprive the victim’s access to the educational opportunities or benefits provided by the school.”

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