This policy prohibits discriminatory harassment, a form of discrimination which is improper conduct toward a particular individual, individuals, or groups on the basis of one or more of the protected classes indicated above. Discriminatory harassment occurs when behavior is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of:
- Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; or
- Unreasonably interfering with work, academic performance, personal security, or participation in any University activity.
The Policy prohibits sexual harassment, a form of discrimination based on sex and/or gender. Sexual harassment encompasses quid pro quo sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, hostile environment sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct. Sexual harassment also covers unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Sexual harassment is subject to discipline when it creates a hostile environment, meaning the behavior is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to unreasonably interfere with an individual’s work or educational performance. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
Sexual behavior that is unwelcome. Such behavior may include, but is not limited to:
- Comments of a sexual nature;
- Sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes;
- Unnecessary or undesirable physical contact;
- Unwanted, offensive, and/or uninvited comments about another’s physical appearance;
- Display of pictures with sexual content;
- Persistent, unwanted attempts to change a professional relationship to an amorous relationship;
- Subtle propositions for sexual activity or direct propositions of a sexual nature; and
- Uninvited letters, emails, telephone calls, text messages, instant messages or other correspondence or writings referring to or depicting sexual activities.