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 12, 2017

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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. Example: the repeated sabotaging of female graduate students’ laboratory experiments by male students in the class.


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.

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