Policy on Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct

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C. Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature or on the basis of sex, including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, acts of sexual violence, or other verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct, when one of the following conditions is present: … The conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or denies an individual’s participation in or benefit from any educational experience, working conditions or campus living conditions by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment when viewed from a subjective and an objective perspective.

Examples of sexual harassment, if sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive, include, but are not limited to:
• Pressure for sexual activity, sexual favors or a romantic or intimate relationship;
• Unwelcome touching of a person’s body, hair or clothing;
• Verbal abuse or hostile behavior such as insulting, teasing, mocking, degrading or ridiculing another person or group based on gender or sex;
• Unwelcome jokes, comments or questions about gender or sex (including favorable comments about someone’s gender, body, clothing, appearance);
• Asking about a person’s sexual activities or interests;
• Repeatedly asking for a date or making other romantic or sexual advances after the person has said “no”;
• Nonverbal behavior, such as making sexual gestures with hands or through body movements;
• Displaying sexually discriminatory or explicit posters or pictures; and
• Electronic and other forms of communications including e-mail, text messaging and internet use, that violate this Policy.

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