Policy PRES-AA-001: Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Harassment Policy

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Southern Mississippi Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: May 18, 2018

Relevant excerpt

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by federal law under Title IX and Title VII. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, such as sexual assault or acts of sexual violence.

Sexual harassment becomes unlawful under Title IX and/or Title VII when it creates a hostile environment where the harassing conduct  is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive so that it unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s work environment, educational programs and/or activities based on sex.

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Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.  Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, behavior that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s work environment, educational programs and/or activities, and is based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.

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