Division of Student Affairs: Sexual Harassment FAQ

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What is sexual harassment?

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for favors, and/or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … Viewed from an objective standard, the conduct is sufficiently serious that it affects an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from an education program or activity, or creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational or work environment.

What are some examples of behavior that could lead to a claim of sexual harassment?

  • Making sexual propositions, invitations, or creating pressure for sexual activity
  • Touching, fondling, kissing, patting or hugging another person without permission
  • Coerced sexual intercourse, sexual battery or other unlawful sexual misconduct

This list of examples is not meant to be exhaustive.  Whether a particular set of circumstances equate to sexual harassment depends on many factors to be evaluated on a case by case basis.

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