Office for Access and Equity: Sexual Harassment

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InĀ education, sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors made to a student by an executive member, administrative staff, or faculty member; or any conduct of a sexual nature that substantially interferes with the student’s educational performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

A hostile environment may be created through unwelcome, severe or pervasive acts:

  • Sexual advances
  • Fondling
  • Shoulder massages
  • Pinching
  • Grabbing
  • Lewd hand gestures
  • Leering
  • Suggestive comments
  • Off-color jokes
  • Comments on physical attributes
  • Discussions of sexual exploits
  • Lewd voicemail messages
  • Displays of sexually suggestive pictures, photos, cartoons, screen savers
  • Lewd e-mails or texts
  • Sexually suggestive posts on social media
  • Facebook pictures with sexual overtones

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