Office for Institutional Equity: Sexual Misconduct FAQs

Category: Harassment Policies School: Ohio University Statement Rating: Green Last updated: September 14, 2017

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Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal/physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Accepting the conduct is a term or condition of employment, student status or participation in university activities (directly or indirectly); or
  • The conduct is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it substantially interferes with an individual’s education, employment, or participation in university activities; or
  • The conduct is intentionally directed towards a specific individual and unreasonably interferes with that individual’s education, employment, or participation in university activities.

Examples of sexual harassment may include the following, when they are part of a pattern of conduct that meets either of the standards set forth above: displays of sexually suggestive materials or content, sexual jokes or innuendos, sexual touching, unwelcome flirting or advances, pressure for sex, repeated requests for dates, persistent email or social network communications, requiring sexual favors in exchange for a grade, a favor or some other benefit, sexual contact, sexual assault.

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