Policy on Sexual Misconduct

Category: Harassment Policies School: Northwestern University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: July 12, 2017

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Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature where: sexual favors are used or threatened to be used as a basis for academic or employment decisions (quid pro quo harassment); where the conduct creates a hostile, intimidating or offensive academic or working environment; where the conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance; or where other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to limit a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity

Some examples of sexual harassment may include: …

  • Remarks about a person’s gender, nonconformity with gender stereotypes, or sexual orientation
  • Sexual innuendoes or humor
  • Obscene gestures
  • Sexual graffiti, pictures, or posters
  • Sexually explicit profanity
  • Stalking or cyberbullying that is based on gender or sex
  • E-mail, texting (“sexting”) and Internet use that violates this policy

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