The Pennbook: Sexual Harassment Policy

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Pennsylvania Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: May 8, 2017

Relevant excerpt

For the purposes of University policy, the term “sexual harassment” refers to any unwanted sexual attention that:

1. Involves a stated or implicit threat to the victim’s academic or employment status;

2. Has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance; and/or;

3. Creates an intimidating or offensive academic, living or work environment.

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Not every act that might be offensive to an individual or a group necessarily will be considered as harassment and/or a violation of the University’s standard of conduct. In determining whether an act constitutes harassment, the totality of the circumstances surrounding the conduct must be carefully reviewed. Due consideration must be given to the protection of individual rights, freedom of speech, academic freedom and open expression.

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