Sexual Harassment is abusive or hostile conduct that is directed toward or inflicted upon another person because of… an individual’s sex (includes sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression)… and which, because of its severity or pervasiveness, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates a hostile or abusive work or learning environment for that individual’s work, education, or participation in a University activity. Harassment is typically based on stereotyped prejudices and includes, but is not limited to, slurs, jokes, objectionable epithets, or other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct that demeans, insults, or intimidates an individual because of their sex (includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression).
Examples of sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to:
- Sexually explicit statements (can be verbal or written);
- Unwanted touching;
- Unwanted staring in a sexual manner;
- Displaying of sexually graphic materials;
- Inappropriate references to gender;
- Sexual exploitation;
- Offers for or demands of sexual activity in exchange for perceived benefits; or
- Public lewdness.