Isolated instances, e.g., a sexual comment or joke, ordinarily will not constitute sexual harassment unless the circumstances are egregious. Sexual violence is seen as an egregious form of harassment. Such sexual behavior does not constitute harassment if it is welcomed (i.e., voluntary and consensual). It is important to note that conduct in the workplace or educational setting may fall short of the legal standard for sexual harassment or discrimination but may still be addressed, at the discretion of the College, as uncivil, unprofessional and/or inappropriate.
Sexual Harassment in the Educational Setting is defined as:
Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment of a student denies or limits, on the basis of sex, the student’s ability to participate in or to receive benefits, services, or opportunities in the educational institution’s program.
Harassment on the Basis of Protected Characteristic(s) other than Sex/Gender:
Harassment based on race, color, age, religion, or national origin, disability, sexual orientation or other protected characteristics may be oral, written, graphic or physical conduct relating to an individual’s race, color, or national origin (including an individual’s ancestry, country of origin, or country of origin of the student’s parents, family members, or ancestors) or other protected characteristics that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the educational institution’s programs or activities, or terms, conditions or status of employment.