Student Development: What is Sexual Misconduct?

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Richmond Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: February 8, 2017

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Sexual harassment is unwanted or offensive conduct or communication of a sexual nature directed toward another in which either:

  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is made a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic success or is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions; or
  • The conduct or communication was severe and/or persistent and, as a result, created a hostile environment.

The following type of conduct or behavior may constitute sexual harassment:

  • Making unwelcome or offensive comments about a person’s clothing, body, or personal life;
  • Use of unwelcome or offensive nicknames or terms of endearment;
  • Offensive jokes or unwelcome innuendoes;
  • Unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors;
  • Any suggestion that sexual favors, or status as being in any protected classification identified above, would affect one’s job promotion, performance evaluations, grades, working, or education conditions;
  • Insults, epithets, jokes, slurs, or offensive comments that relate to sex, sexual orientation, gender identitiy, or gender expression; or
  • The placement, dissemination, or circulation of any written, graphic, virtual, or electronic material of a sexual nature.

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