Title IX: Definitions

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Sexual harassment: Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. A single instance of rape is sufficiently severe to create a hostile environment. Sexual harassment can occur in one of two forms:

Hostile environment: This exists if the conduct is sufficiently serious that it interferes with or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s program or an employee’s ability to perform his or her job.  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 harassment is physical.

Examples of sexual harassment: (1) A student is sexually assaulted by another student; (2) A professor repeatedly asks a student to have sex with in order to get a better grade; (3) students in a residence hall target another student by writing unwelcome sex-based comments on the student’s door; making negative, sex-based comments to the student in class, and threatening physical harm to the student.

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