Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy

Category: Harassment Policies School: Southern Oregon University Statement Rating: Red Last updated: October 2, 2018

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The University’s policy against harassment explicitly prohibits any form of harassment, defined as unwelcome conduct on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected class, by any member or group of the community. A hostile environment may be created by oral, written, graphic, or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent/pervasive and subjectively and objectively offensive that it interferes with, limits or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities or employment access, benefits or opportunities.

Offensive conduct or harassment that does not rise to the level of discrimination, or that is of a generic nature not on the basis of a protected status, may not result in the imposition of discipline under University policy, but may still be addressed through civil confrontation, remedial actions, education, or effective conflict resolution mechanisms as described in the policy and other applicable University procedures.

Sexual harassment is:
Unwelcome, sexual verbal, written, online or physical conduct.
Anyone experiencing sexual harassment in any University program is encouraged to report it immediately to the University’s Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator.

Sexual harassment creates a hostile environment, and may be disciplined, when it is:
Sufficiently severe, persistent/pervasive and subjectively and objectively offensive that it,
has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, denying, or limiting employment opportunities or the ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational, social or residential program …

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