Student Handbook: Harassment Policy- Sexual Harassment

Category: Harassment Policies School: Middle Georgia State University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: September 25, 2017

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Sexual harassment constitutes discrimination and is illegal under federal and state law, and Board of Regents’ policy. For the purposes of this policy, sexual harassment is defined in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidelines, as unwelcome sexual advancements, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when, for example: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment or academic environment.

Sexual harassment may include a range of subtle and not so subtle behaviors and may involve individuals of the same or different gender. Depending on the circumstances, these behaviors may include, but not limited to: unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; sexual jokes and innuendoes; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies; leering, whistling or touching; insulting or obscene comments or gestures; display in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; and other physical, verbal or visual conduct of a sexual nature.

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