Equal Opportunity and Outreach: Sexual Harassment & Sexual Assault- FAQ

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Massachusetts at Lowell Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: March 7, 2017

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Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature when: … (iii) such conduct unreasonably interferes with a person or person’s work or academic performance; interferes with or limits a person or person’s ability to participate in or benefit from a work or academic program or activity; or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment.

While it is not possible to list all those additional circumstances that may constitute sexual harassment, the following are some examples of conduct which if unwelcome, may constitute sexual harassment depending upon the totality of the circumstances including the severity of the conduct, its persistence, and its pervasiveness:

  • Sexual emails;
  • Sexting, or sexual messages or images posted on social media, for example, texts, instant messages, Facebook posts, Tweets, Snapchat, Instagram, blog entries
  • Physical contact such as patting, pinching, or purposely rubbing up against another’s body
  • Unwelcome sexual advances — whether they involve physical touching or not;
  • Sexual “kidding,” epithets, jokes, written or verbal references to sexual conduct, gossip regarding one’s sex life; comment on an individual’s body, comment about an individual’s sexual activity, deficiencies, or prowess;
  • Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons;
  • Unwelcome leering, whistling, brushing against the body, sexual gestures, suggestive or insulting comments;
  • Inquiries into one’s sexual experiences; and,
  • Discussion of one’s sexual activities.

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