BOV Policy # 05 (2015): Title IX: Sexual Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

Category: Harassment Policies School: Norfolk State University Statement Rating: Green Last updated: November 15, 2018

Relevant excerpt

“Sexual Harassment” is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, non-verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, when the conditions outlined in provisions (1) and/or (2), below, are present.
“Gender-Based Harassment” includes harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, which may include acts of aggression, intimidation, or hostility, whether verbal or non-verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, even if the acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature, when the conditions outlined in provisions (1) and/or (2), below, are present.

(1) Submission to or rejection of such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of a person’s employment, academic standing, or participation in any NSU programs and/or activities or is used as the basis for NSU decisions affecting the individual (often referred to as “quid pro quo” harassment); or
(2) Such conduct creates consent. A “hostile environment” exists when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives an individual from participating in or benefitting from NSU’s education or employment programs and/or activities. Conduct must be deemed severe, persistent, or pervasive from both a subjective and an objective perspective.

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