Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct Policy

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Southern Indiana Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: January 2, 2018

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Harassment is a course of conduct that creates what a reasonable person would perceive as an intimidating, offensive, or hostile working or learning environment. This includes conduct affecting tangible job benefits, interfering unreasonably with an individual’s academic or work performance, or (in the case of individuals living on campus) adversely affecting their living conditions. Such harassment can be physical, verbal, or visual and other non-verbal actions, and can be committed by employers, faculty, administrators, support staff, co-workers, students, and third parties.

a) Examples of harassment include but are not limited to:

i. making ethnic slurs or “jokes” based on race or religious beliefs that are targeted against a specific individual or individuals

1) 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 “racist” literature or videos, reviews of the history of discrimination) will generally not be considered to be a violation of this policy.

ii. openly displaying offensive material (e.g., display of a pornographic website or magazine in view of other students or employees)

iii. gossiping, spreading rumors, or intrusive questioning related to an individual’s protected characteristics (e.g., religious beliefs, sexual orientation)

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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

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