Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Sexual Harassment

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Rhode Island Statement Rating: Red Last updated: September 28, 2017

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Sexual Harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can include unwelcome verbal, nonverbal and physical conduct that ranges from sexual gestures or teasing to sexual assault, acts of sexual violence, including domestic and dating violence, sexually motived stalking and coerced activity.

Examples include, but are not limited to the following:

• Verbal: Sexual remarks, comments, jokes and innuendos, communicating unwelcome stories about someone’s social or sexual life, and propositions or pressure for social or sexual contact.

• Non-verbal: The display of sexually explicit stares, gestures or suggestive pictures, including secretly video recording sexual acts or objects.

• Physical: Unwanted touching, patting, grabbing, pinching, including sexual assault.

Sexual harassment need not be intentional. The intent of the person who is alleged to have behaved improperly is not relevant to determining whether a violation has occurred. The relevant determination is whether a reasonable person similarly situated could have interpreted the alleged behavior to be sexual harassment.

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