Title IX/Equal Opportunity: Sexual Harassment- Examples of Sexual Harassment

Relevant excerpt

Sexual Harassment may include but is not limited to:


  • Whistling or making cat calls at someone
  • Making sexual comments about a persons clothing or body
  • Telling sexual jokes or stories
  • Asking personal questions about an individuals sex life, fantasies, preferences or history
  • Repeatedly asking a person out who has clearly expressed a lack of interest
  • Turning work discussions to sexual topics
  • Referring to an adult woman or man as a hunk, doll, babe, honey or other demeaning words or phrases
  • Telling lies or spreading rumors about a person’s personal sex life
  • Direct or indirect threats or bribes for unwanted sexual activity


  • Paying unwanted attention to someone (i.e., staring, following, or blocking a persons path)
  • Displaying sexually suggestive visuals (includes emails, text messages, social media, blogs, websites or other electronic mediums)
  • Making facial expressions such as winking, throwing kisses or licking
  • Giving letters (emails, text messages, etc.), personal gifts and/or materials of a sexual nature
  • Making sexual gestures with hands or through body movement
  • Invading a persons body space (standing closer than appropriate or necessary for the work being done)
  • Looking a person up and down (elevator eyes)

Download PDF