Conduct that creates a hostile environment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, non-verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
Examples of conduct that may create a hostile environment include:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or a student’s status in a course, program or activity;
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions; or
- Viewed from the perspective of both the individual and a reasonable person in the same situation, the conduct interferes with performance, limits participation in University activities, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive University environment.
- Unwelcome sexual jokes, language, epithets, advances or propositions;
- The display of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, magazines, posters or cartoons;
- Comments about an individual’s body, sexual orientation, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies;
- Sexually suggestive, insulting or obscene comments, gestures or conduct (such as leering or whistling)
- Offering or implying an offer of an education- or employment-related reward, such as a favorable review, grade, assignment, promotion, or continued employment, in exchange for sexual favors; or
- Taking or threatening to take an adverse education- or employment-related action, such as an unfavorable review, grade or assignment, because sexual conduct or advances are rejected.