Policy 06-05-01: Sexual Misconduct

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Pittsburgh Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: September 10, 2018

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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:

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.

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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