What Is Sexual Misconduct?

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Sexual Harassment occurs when there is deliberate or repeated use of sexual comments, attempted physical contact, or actual physical contact including sexual violence in the workplace or academic environment that creates a hostile environment for the recipient. The University regards sexual harassment as a violation of the standards of conduct required of all persons associated with the University.

“Hostile Environment” harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment and has the effect of substantially interfering with the recipient’s work or study. Behavior will be considered “unwelcome” if the individual did not solicit or invite it and particularly if she/he indicates that she/he finds the conduct undesirable or offensive.

In determining whether an act constitute harassment, the totality of the circumstances that pertain to any given incident in its context must be carefully reviewed and due consideration must be given to the protection of individual’s rights, freedom of speech, academic freedom, and advocacy.

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