Policy Manual: 16.005 Sexual Harassment

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4. Sexual Harassment. “Sexual Harassment” means unwelcome sex-based verbal or physical conduct that:

B. in the education context, is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that the conduct interferes with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities. For purposes of this policy, conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive if its frequent, or threatening, or humiliating nature unreasonably interferes with or limits the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational program or activity, including when the conduct reasonably can be considered to create an intimidating, hostile, abusive or offensive educational environment.

Examples of conduct which might be considered sexual harassment under this policy include but are not limited to:
a. repeated and unwanted requests for dates, sexual flirtations, or propositions of a sexual nature,
b. subtle pressure for a sexual relationship,
c. sexist remarks about a person’s clothing, body or sexual activities,
d. unnecessary touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person’s body,
e. direct or implied threats that submission to sexual advances will affect or be a condition of employment, work status, grades, or letter of recommendation,
f. conduct of a sexual nature that causes humiliation or discomfort, such as use of inappropriate terms of address, and
g. sexually explicit or sexist comments, questions or jokes.

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