Definition of Sexual Harassment:
Sexual harassment is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the courts to be any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual’s employment (or the student’s educational experience) or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment.
Definition of Sexual Misconduct:
Sexual misconduct includes sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed towards another individual that does not rise to the level of sexual harassment but is unprofessional and inappropriate for the workplace or classroom. Examples of behavior that could be considered sexual harassment or sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- physical contact of a sexual nature including touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person’s body;
- explicit or implicit propositions of offers to engage in sexual activity;
- comments of a sexual nature including sexually explicit statement, questions, jokes or anecdotes, remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body, remarks about sexual activity, speculation about sexual experience;
- exposure to sexually oriented graffiti, pictures, posters or materials;
- physical interference with or restriction to an individual’s movements.