Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office: What is Sexual Harassment?

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of California – Riverside Statement Rating: Red Last updated: March 20, 2017

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Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical contact of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is conduct that explicitly or implicitly affects a person’s employment or education or interferes with a person’s work or educational performance or creates an environment such that a reasonable person would find the conduct intimidating, hostile, or offensive.

Some examples of harassing behavior include, but are not limited to:

  • Insults, name-calling, and offensive jokes;
  • Intimidating words or actions;
  • Unwelcome or inappropriate touching;
  • Sexually suggestive remarks or gestures;
  • Unsolicited pornographic materials;
  • Obscene messages (via text or computer);
  • Pressure for sexual activity or a date; and
  • Sexual assault and rape

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