Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment covered by this policy generally falls into one of two categories: quid pro quo and hostile environment. Conduct of a sexual nature becomes a violation of this policy when: … unwanted conduct of a sexual nature is sufficiently serious (i.e., severe, pervasive, or persistent) and objectively offensive as to deny or limit a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s programs, services, opportunities, or activities; or when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment (hostile environment).
Listed below are behaviors that may constitute sexual harassment – (either quid pro quo or hostile environment sexual harassment, as defined above), depending on the particular circumstances of the situation:
- Suggestive or obscene letters, notes, invitations
- Electronic communications, such as e-mail, text messaging, and Internet use, that are sexual in nature
- Unwelcome sexual jokes or comments (including favorable comments about someone’s gender, body, or appearance) …
- Sexually oriented gestures; or displaying sexually suggestive or derogatory objects, pictures, cartoons, or posters