SAP 08.01.01.T1.03: Sexual and Other Gender-Based Misconduct

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Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s educational program and/or activities, and is based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.

Examples of Sexual Harassment:

• Offensive sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions, including propositions of sex for grades;
• Faculty led classroom discussions about sexual experiences not in any way germane to the subject matter of class. • Verbal abuse of a sexual nature or threat of physical sexual harm;
• Graphic verbal comments about an individual’s body or sexual behaviors;
• Sexually degrading words used to describe an individual;
• Unwelcome touching or physical contact;
• The display of sexually suggestive objects, videos, posters, or pictures;
• Whistling, obscene gestures, suggestive or insulting sounds; and
• Unwelcome, repeated requests for dates.


Bullying, defined as repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control or diminish another person, physically or mentally (that is not speech or conduct otherwise protected by the First Amendment).

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