Policy on Sexual Misconduct

Category: Harassment Policies School: Northwestern University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: May 21, 2018

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Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature where: …

b. Such conduct creates a hostile environment. 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 the University’s education or employment programs and/or activities. The existence of a hostile environment is to be judged both objectively (meaning a reasonable person would find the environment hostile) and subjectively (meaning the impacted individual felt the environment was hostile).

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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