Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct – Definitions

Category: Uncategorized School: University of Texas at Dallas Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: February 24, 2017

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Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when … such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it interferes with an individual’s education, employment, or participation in University activities, or creates an objectively hostile environment; or such conduct is intentionally directed towards a specific individual and has the effect of unreasonably interfering with that individual’s education, employment, or participation in University activities, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that includes: …

Verbal conduct not necessary to an argument for or against the substance of any political, religious, philosophical, ideological, or academic idea, including oral, written, or symbolic expression, including but not limited to:

  • explicit or implicit propositions to engage in sexual activity;
  • gratuitous comments, jokes, questions, anecdotes or remarks of a sexual nature about clothing or bodies;
  • gratuitous remarks about sexual activities or speculation about sexual experiences;
  • persistent, unwanted sexual or romantic attention;
  • subtle or overt pressure for sexual favors;
  • exposure to sexually suggestive visual displays such as photographs, graffiti, posters, calendars or other materials; or
  • deliberate, repeated humiliation or intimidation based upon sex.

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