University of Richmond Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Richmond Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: December 6, 2017

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Sexual harassment is unwanted or offensive conduct or communication of a sexual nature directed toward another in which: … The conduct or communication was severe and/or persistent and, as a result, created a hostile environment.

Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to, the following type of conduct or behavior:

  • Making unwelcome or offensive comments about a person’s clothing, body, or personal life;
  • Use of unwelcome or offensive nicknames or so-called terms of endearment;
  • Offensive jokes or unwelcome innuendoes;
  • Unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors;
  • Any suggestion that sexual favors, or status as being in any protected classification identified above, would affect one’s job, promotion, performance evaluations, grades, working, or educational conditions;
  • Insults, epithets, jokes, slurs, or offensive comments that relate to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; or
  • The placement, dissemination, or circulation of any written, graphic, virtual, or electronic material of a sexual nature.


In the context of sexual misconduct, unwanted conduct or communications of a sexual nature may create a hostile environment when the conduct is: (i) serious and/or persistent and, as a result, limits or denies a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational programs, such as courses, extra- or co-curricular activities, or study abroad,; or (ii) severe and pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would find hostile or abusive. The more severe the conduct at issue, the less likely it is that such conduct needs to be repetitive to create a hostile environment. Any reported incident of sexual misconduct will be investigated by the University and may result in a disciplinary charge regardless of whether a hostile environment has been created.

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