Student Handbook – P. Sexual Harassment and Misconduct of Students, Faculty and Staff

Category: Harassment Policies, Statement School: Statement Rating: Not Rated Last updated: December 15, 2013

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The suggestion or advance need not be direct or explicit, it may be implied by the conduct, circumstances and relationship of the individuals involved.
A person does not have to be the target of sexual harassment to be sexually harassed. The harassment of others can be so offensive, demeaning or disruptive as to constitute a hostile work environment, even though the harassment is not specifically directed at the observer.

Although no exhaustive listing of behaviors that constitute sexual harassment is possible, some examples could include: unwelcome sexual flirtations or advances; repeated sexually oriented kidding, teasing, joking and flirting; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; graphic commentary about an individual's body, sexual prowess or presumed sexual deficiencies; derogatory or demeaning comments directed to one's gender; derogatory or demeaning comments about sexual orientation; leering, whistling, touching, pinching or brushing against another's body; touching of an erogenous zone, offensive, crude language; displaying of pornographic materials on personal computers; and displaying objects or pictures that are sexual in nature. All such conduct can be threatening and coercive and may create a hostile or offensive working environment that is not conducive to teaching, learning and working.

Sexual harassment also may consist of patterns or episodes of speech or other behavior that create a hostile or offensive environment for individuals based on their gender or sexual orientation; it may or may not involve unwanted sexual attention.


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