Sexual Misconduct Policy

Relevant excerpt

Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment
Any unwelcome sexual advance, requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, non-verbal, graphic, or physical, when the conditions are outlined in (1), (2), or (3), below, are present.

Gender-based harassment is harassment based on gender, gender identity, or gender expression, which may include acts of aggression, intimidation, or hostility, whether verbal, non-verbal, graphic, or physical, even if the acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature, when the conditions outlined in (1), (2), or (3), below, are present.

3. Such conduct creates a hostile environment.  A hostile environment exists when the conduct is sufficiently serious, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives an individual from participating in or benefiting from the University’s educational, employment, and/or campus-residential experience when viewed through a subjective and objective standard.

Examples of Sexual Harassment

Some examples of prohibited sexual harassment include:

  • Deliberate touching which does not contribute to or advance the work, service, or educational activity being conducted.
  • Repeated brushing against or touching of another’s body, which does not contribute to or advance the work, service, or educational activity being conducted.
  • Pressure or demands for a date or for sexual activity with a subordinate by an individual in authority.
  • Repeated requests for a date or for sexual activity.
  • Written/electronic, verbal, pictorial, nonverbal, or actual displays of obscenity which do not contribute to or advance the work, service, or education activity being conducted.

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