Title IX Definitions

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A hostile environment may be created by verbal, written, graphic, or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent/pervasive and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities or employment access, benefits or opportunities.

Sexual harassment is:

• unwelcome,

• sexual, sex-based and/or gender-based,

• verbal, written, online and/or physical conduct.

Sexual harassment may be disciplined when it takes the form of quid pro quo harassment, retaliatory harassment and/or creates a hostile environment.

A hostile environment is created when sexual harassment is:

• Severe, or

• persistent or pervasive, and

• objectively offensive, such that:

unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational, employment social and/or residential program.

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