Harassment is conduct directed toward an individual or group based on membership in one or more protected classes. Such conduct must be sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter an individual’s employment conditions, or a student’s educational opportunities which, in turn, creates an unreasonably intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment for employment, education, or participation in University activities.
Sexual Harassment includes any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome written, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … such conduct is severe or pervasive enough to unreasonably interfere with an individual’s academic or work performance or participation is a University activity, or to create an intimidating, hostile, or abusive work or educational environment.
Examples of conduct that may constitute or support a finding of harassment in violation of this Policy include, but are not limited to, the following types of behavior:
a. Display of offensive material or objects
b. Suggestive or insulting gestures, sounds, or whistles
a. In some instances, innuendo or other suggestive, offensive, or derogatory comments or jokes about sex or a protected group listed in Section I
b. Extortion, overt threats, or intimidation
c. Obscene or harassing messages sent via computer or left on an answering machine or voice mail