Sexual Harassment Policy

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Wisconsin – Stout Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: October 11, 2017

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Sexual harassment means: (a) unwelcome sexual advances; (b) unwelcome requests for sexual favors; (c) unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature; or (d) unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment includes conduct directed by a person at another person of the same or opposite gender.

“Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature” includes but is not limited to the deliberate, repeated making of unsolicited gestures or comments of a sexual nature; the deliberate, repeated display of offensive sexually graphic materials which is not necessary for business purposes; or deliberate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, whether or not repeated, that is sufficiently severe to interfere substantially with an employee’s work performance or to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.

Sexual harassment in higher education means: (a) any unwelcome sexual advances; (b) unwelcome requests for sexual favors; (c) unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature; or (d) unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a student’s academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment (this is a type of hostile environment sexual harassment).

Hostile environment sexual harassment means: any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that a reasonable person who would determine affects an employee’s work performance, limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from a University program or activity, or creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive working or academic environment.

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