Policy 2.5.1: Title IX Harassment

Category: Harassment Policies School: Southern Methodist University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: October 18, 2017

Relevant excerpt

“Sexual harassment” is a form of sex discrimination and means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when – …

such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment or unduly interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance. For purposes of this policy, “undue interference” is defined as improper, unreasonable or unjustifiable behavior going beyond what is appropriate, warranted or natural.

Sexual harassment includes two categories:

“Hostile environment sexual harassment” means verbal, physical or visual forms of harassment that are sexual in nature, “sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive” and unwelcome. A single, severe incident, such as a sexual assault, could create a hostile environment. A “hostile environment” is often created by a series of incidents.

6.1 Members of the University community demonstrate insensitivity that necessitates remedial measures when, without establishing a pattern of doing so, they engage in isolated conduct that may give rise to acts of sexual harassment. When University officials become aware that such conduct has occurred or is occurring in their areas, they should direct those engaged in such conduct to undertake Title IX training and, in consultation with the Title IX Coordinator, document the incident and submit the documentation to the Title IX Coordinator.

6.2. After participating in the Title IX training or after failing or refusing to participate after being directed to do so, a person continues to engage in the conduct, the appropriate University official shall report the facts and circumstances to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator shall act on the matter in accordance with Section 8 of this Policy 2.5.1.

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