Sexual Harassment is gender‐based verbal or physical conduct that unreasonably interferes with or deprives someone of educational access, benefits or opportunities. Please see the University’s complete Sexual Harassment policy.
Hostile environment sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct, generally, although not necessarily, of a sexual nature, that insults, demeans, ridicules or evinces hostility toward a person because of his or her gender, and that is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it alters the conditions of education and creates an environment that a reasonable person would find hostile, intimidating, or offensive.
The following subparagraphs describe some, but not all, kinds of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment if they are sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of employment or education and create an environment that a reasonable person would find hostile, intimidating, or offensive:
- Direct propositions of a sexual nature;
- Conduct that is offensive or humiliating in nature that includes, but is not limited to:
- Sexually explicit comments, statements, questions, jokes or anecdotes; comments, statements, questions, jokes anecdotes, or innuendoes with sexual connotations;
- Display of sexually explicit materials in the workplace or classroom or their use in the classroom without a defensible academic purpose;
- Unnecessary touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person’s body;
- Remarks about sexual activity or speculation about sexual experiences;
- “Wolf whistling,” obscene sounds, or obscene gestures;
- Nonsexual physical or verbal conduct that insults, demeans, ridicules or otherwise evinces hostility toward a person because of gender. Examples include, but are not limited to, hazing, pranks, horseplay, and ridicule.