Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy for Complaints Against Students

Category: Harassment Policies School: Rhode Island College Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: September 8, 2017

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Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and any other verbal, non‐verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … (3) Such conduct is so severe and pervasive that is has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s education, employment or participation in programs or activities at the College and/or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or abusive employment, academic, extracurricular or living or learning environment for the individual at the College.

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Examples of such conduct and behaviors that may lead to a finding of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) Verbal: Sexual remarks, comments, jokes and innuendos, communicating unwelcome stories about someone’s social or sexual life, and propositions or pressure for social or sexual contact. (2) Non‐verbal: The display of sexually explicit stares, gestures or suggestive pictures, including secretly video recording sexual acts, and/or sharing sexual images via social media without consent. (3) Physical: Unwanted touching, patting, grabbing, pinching, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence stalking and rape. Sexual harassment need not be intentional. Examples may also include, persistent and inappropriate personal attention in the face of repeated rejection; unwelcome comments about an individual’s sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; inappropriate written conduct containing comments, words, jokes, or images that are lewd or sexually suggestive or relate in an unwelcome manner to an individual’s sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.

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