Sexual Misconduct Policy & Complaint Resolution Procedures

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of South Alabama Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: May 16, 2017

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1. Definition of Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment rises to the level of sex discrimination, and is prohibited by this policy as sexual misconduct, when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating what a reasonable person would perceive as an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, education, or living environment (i.e., a “hostile environment”).

3. Examples of Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment can occur between individuals of the opposite sex and individuals of the same sex. Specific examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment if unwelcome include:

Sexual innuendos, jokes, humor, or gestures.
Displaying sexual graffiti, pictures, videos or posters.
Using sexually explicit profanity.
Asking, or telling, about sexual fantasies, sexual preferences, or sexual activities.

Calling a person derogatory epithets based on stereotypical notions of how a person of a given sex or sexual identity should look, speak, or act.
Sending sexually explicit emails, text messages, or social media posts.
Commenting on a person’s appearance or dress in a sexual manner.

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