Policy 06-05-01: Sexual Misconduct

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Pittsburgh Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: September 5, 2017

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Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome verbal or non-verbal sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, other verbal, virtual or physical conduct of a sexual nature and/or conduct directed at an individual(s) because of gender or gender stereotypes or identity when:

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c. Such conduct is severe or pervasive and objectively and subjectively has the effect of:

i. Unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or equal access to education;

ii. Creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or academic environment.

d. Such conduct, if repeated, is reasonably likely to meet the standard set forth above.

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Acts that constitute sexual harassment take a variety of forms and may include but are not limited to the following unwelcome actions: …

c. Spoken, written or virtual expressions of a sexual nature, including sexual communications about a person’s body, dress, appearance or sexual activities; the use of sexually degrading language, name calling, sexually suggestive jokes, or innuendoes, and sexually suggestive phone calls.

d. Nonverbal behavior such as suggestive or insulting gestures, sounds or whistles; display of sexually suggestive objects or written materials, pictures, photographs, cartoons, text messages, videos, or DVD’s.

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