Harassment is a course of conduct that a reasonable person would find so severe or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or educational program participation, or that creates a hostile environment. Such harassment can be physical, written, verbal, or visual and other nonverbal actions, and can be committed by employers, faculty, administrators, support staff, co-workers, students and third parties. Harassment, when based on the victim’s actual or perceived identification with a particular protected class or classes, is a form of discrimination.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome verbal or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with or denies/limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s programs and/or services, and is based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation. Examples include but are not limited to: …
e) making “jokes” of a sexual nature against a specific individual, or making “jokes” that reference the victim’s physical appearance or style of clothing
i. As stated in Section IX of this policy, such comments that are legitimately and reasonably related to the University’s mission of education (e.g. a class discussion or exercise about examples of discriminatory slurs or jokes, reviews of “sexist” literature or videos, reviews of the history of gender discrimination or sexual abuse) will generally not be considered to be harassment under this policy.
f) using social media or other electronic communications to make derogatory comments of a sexual nature about or to an individual