For the purposes of University policy, the term “sexual harassment” refers to any unwanted conduct that is based on an individual’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression and that:
- Involves a stated or implicit threat to the individual’s academic or employment status;
- Has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual’s academic or work performance; and/or
- Creates an intimidating or offensive academic, living or work environment.
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.