Guidelines for Sexual Harassment, Sexual Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct

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Sexual Harassment is gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is:

  • unwelcome or without consent,
  • sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it,
  • has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, denying or limiting someone’s work performance or ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational program and/or activities, regardless of whether it occurs on or off campus, and is
  • based on the creation of a hostile environment, or
  • based or retaliation, or
  • based on power differentials (quid pro quo).

The unwelcome behavior must be considered an unreasonable interference both to a reasonable person and to the person impacted.

The term sexual harassment is used in this context to indicate the full scope of prohibited sexual behaviors including sexual violence. Examples of prohibited sexual behaviors include but are not limited to the following:

… or gender-based bullying

  • to purposefully view or record (by photograph, audio or video) nudity or sex without consent
  • to attempt to transmit a sexually transmitted infection
  • to attempt to coerce an unwilling person into a sexual relationship
  • to repeatedly subject a person to egregious, unwelcome sexual attention
  • to punish a refusal to comply with a sexual based request
  • to condition a benefit on submitting to sexual advances.

Many other behaviors may constitute prohibited sexual harassment when they are sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive, including but not limited to:

  • sexual emails
  • sexual “kidding” or jokes
  • sexual comments, images, or questions
  • physical contact such as patting, pinching, or purposely rubbing up against another’s body.

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