Title IX: What is Sexual Misconduct?

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Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual violence. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Stalking, bullying and/or cyber-bullying may also be forms of sexual harassment.

Possible examples of harassment: …

  • A student repeatedly sends sexually oriented jokes around on an email list they created, even when asked to stop, causing one recipient to avoid the sender on campus and in the residence hall in which they both live.

Investigations of sexual harassment complaints will take into consideration both objective and subjective factors.

Hostile environment

Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, creates a hostile environment when the conduct is pervasive or sufficiently serious to limit or deny a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s educational or other programs.

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