Policies and Regulations: Sexual Misconduct Regulation

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“Sexual harassment” means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal (including written and electronic communications when such communications are not protected as freedom of speech) or physical conduct of a sexual nature from any person when: … Such conduct is sufficiently serious (i.e., severe, persistent or pervasive) to deny or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational programs or activities or such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive so as to alter the conditions of, or have the purpose and effect of substantially interfering with, a faculty or staff member’s employment by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

The following are common examples of unwelcome conduct when sex-based that may rise to the level of sexual harassment as defined in this regulation. Actions that are sufficiently serious, severe, persistent or pervasive that may be found to constitute Sexual Harassment.

• Inappropriate touching or brushing against the body of another including, but not limited to patting, fondling, massaging, caressing, pinching, attempted or actual kissing.
• Requesting sex or sexual acts in exchange for an occupational or educational benefit.
• Repetitive propositions, invitations or pressure for sexual activity by a party when the other party finds the propositions and invitations to be unwelcome.
• Suggestive or inappropriate sex-based communications, notes, letters, e-mail, text messages, contact through social media (i.e. – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) or other written materials.
• Displaying, transmitting or sending sexually based suggestive or inappropriate photographs, videos, computer images, slides, calendars, cartoons or drawings through any medium.
• Sexual innuendo, comments, or remarks about a person’s clothing, body, or activities which places an individual in fear of imminent physical or psychological harm or injury.
• Actual or implied sexual threats or intimidation which places an individual in fear of imminent physical or psychological harm or injury.

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