Student Handbook: Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy

Category: Harassment Policies School: Smith College Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: March 24, 2017

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Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when one of the following conditions are present: … the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or educational performance or denies or limits the individual’s ability to participate or benefit from the College’s employment or educational programs and/or activities by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, academic, or social environment under both a subjective and an objective perspective (hostile environment).

Although it is not possible to list all circumstances that constitute sexual or gender-based harassment, the following are some examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment depending on the totality of the circumstances:

  • Dissemination of sexually explicit voicemail, email, graphics, downloaded material or websites;
  • Unwelcome sexual epithets, sexual jokes, written oral references to sexual conduct, or references to one’s own sex life;
  • Unwelcome comments about an individual’s sexual activity;
  • Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures or cartoons;
  • Unwelcome leering, sexual behavior, or sexual gestures;
  • Unwelcome inquiries into another’s sexual experiences;
  • Unwelcome discussion of one’s sexual activities;
  • Bullying or cyber-bullying based on sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

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