Student Handbook: Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment

Category: Harassment Policies School: Union College Statement Rating: Green Last updated: March 13, 2017

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Sexual Harassment

Any unwelcomed sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other unwelcomed verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance, i.e. it is sufficiently serious, pervasive or persistent as to create an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, demeaning, or sexually offensive working, academic, residential, or social environment under both a subjective and objective standard.

Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment as defined above may include a severe, persistent or pervasive pattern of unwelcome conduct that includes one or more of the following: …

Verbal Conduct

— Making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs or humor

— Verbal abuse of a sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual, suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations

— Objectively offensive comments of a sexual nature, including persistent or pervasive sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes

Visual Conduct

— Leering, making sexual gestures, displaying of suggestive objects or pictures, cartoon or posters in a public space or forum

— Severe, persistent, or pervasive visual displays of suggestive, erotic, or degrading sexually oriented images that are not pedagogically appropriate

Written Conduct

— Letters, notes or electronic communications containing comments, words, or images described above

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