Title IX Policy on Sexual Misconduct

Category: Harassment Policies School: Missouri State University Statement Rating: Red Last updated: October 16, 2017

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Sexual Harassment includes sexual assault and any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome written, verbal, or physical contact of a sexual nature, when:

  1. Hostile environment: such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for that individual’s employment, education, or participation in a University program or activity. The conduct will be evaluated from the perspective of a reasonable person in the complainant’s position, considering all the circumstances. The more severe the conduct, the less need there is to show a repetitive series of incidents to prove a hostile environment, particularly if the conduct is physical. A single or isolated incident of sexual violence may create a hostile environment.

Examples of Sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

  1. Verbal abuse or hostile behavior such as insulting, teasing, mocking, degrading or ridiculing another person or group.

  1. Displays or electronic transmission of derogatory, demeaning or hostile materials.

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