Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy and Complaint Procedures for Employees and Students

Category: Harassment Policies School: Northern Illinois University Statement Rating: Green Last updated: October 30, 2018

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Gender-based Harassment or Discrimination: acts of a verbal or nonverbal nature or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based upon sex/gender or sex/gender-stereotyping (even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature) that is sufficiently serious to limit or deny the ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s programs and activities or the terms and conditions of employment.

Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature (such as sexual advances or requests for sexual favors) sufficiently serious that it unreasonably interferes with or limits a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s educational programs, activities and/or employment. Sexual harassment may be based on a power differential; the creation of a hostile environment (reasonably severe conduct that is sufficiently pervasive to have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with work or educational performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment); or retaliation.

In order for the conduct to be considered sexual harassment, the behavior must be:
• Unwanted and/or unwelcome.
• Sexual in nature and/or related to the sex or gender of the employee/student.
• Sufficiently severe or pervasive enough to alter the conditions of the employee/student employment or academic environment (when describing sexual harassment resulting from a hostile work/academic environment).

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