EQUAL OPPORTUNITY & ANTI-HARASSMENT COMPLAINT PROCEDURES and COMPLAINT FORM

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth Statement Rating: Red Last updated: September 28, 2017

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“Harassment” means unwelcome conduct, whether verbal or physical, that is based on a characteristic protected by law. Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

1. display or circulation of written materials or pictures that are degrading to a person or group as previously described; and

2. verbal abuse or insults about, directed at, or made in the presence of an individual or group as previously described.

“Sexual harassment” means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance and/or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment.

The definition of sexual harassment is broad. In addition to the above examples, other unwelcome sexually oriented conduct, whether intended or not, that has the effect of creating a school or work environment that is hostile, offensive, intimidating or humiliating to either male or female students or employees also may constitute sexual harassment. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to, sexual epithets, jokes, comments, inquiries or gossip regarding one’s sex life or sexual activity; displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures or cartoons; and unwelcome leering, whistling, or brushing against the body or sexual gestures.

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